Campaign Diary - Indefensible on defence

My morning began listening to Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon make a desperate and personal attack on Ed Miliband, accusing him of undermining national security by getting rid of trident.

These claims are an outright lie as Labour has consistently affirmed its support for Trident as we believe in a strong national defence, especially given the growing threats from Russia and ISIS.

It is a particularly brazen lie because no Government has done more to drive down our defence force than this Conservative-led Government.

There are currently only 80,000 active soldiers in our army, which is at least 20,000 fewer than in 2010. That means you could fit the entire British army in Wembley Stadium! Never in my lifetime has a US President begged a British Prime Minister to stop cutting our defence force, but that is precisely what has happened in the last five years.

And things will only get worse if the Tories are re-elected. They are refusing to commit to the NATO target of each member state spending 2% of its national budget on defence. Yet they proudly trumpet themselves as the party of national defence and David Cameron wanted the military to intervene in the Syria conflict – thank goodness Labour voted against such as move!

Labour, on the other hand, will work to bring about a secure United Kingdom in a safer road through out strong support for international institutions such as NATO and the EU. I hope that any Labour Government will stand up to Putin by hitting him where it hurts: making it tougher for Russian Oligarchs to come and set up in London. If big Russian money turns against Putin, his regime will really struggle. 

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