Spend more on armed forces says MP

Richard Drax MP says the armed forces must be a priority

Richard Drax MP says the armed forces must be a priority

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Trainee Reporter

SOUTH Dorset MP Richard Drax has called for an increase in defence spending.

In a parliamentary debate, Mr Drax also expressed respect and admiration for the armed forces.

He said: “Expenditure on our armed forces must surely be a matter of priority. The priority for us in this House is the defence of our country, our island, our dependants, our people and our responsibilities in the world.”

Mr Drax proceeded to read out a list of the responsibilities and wars Britain was engaged in, noting Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine and Russia.

He added: “Northern Ireland has not gone away. The list goes on: Malta, Gibraltar, Cyprus, the Falklands, Belize and now Kenya. We also have NATO commitments, aid to the third world and disaster relief.

“We are a tiny country with a small budget compared with many others, but we still have huge responsibilities because we stand up – as we have always done – for freedom, democracy and the rule of law. To do that we need some muscle behind us in the event it all goes wrong.”

Mr Drax said the Falklands war was a case in point, suggesting we would struggle to retake those islands were they to be taken now.

Mr Drax said: “Defence expenditure was more than five per cent of GDP, and I understand we had more than 60 warships.

“Expenditure is now two per cent and we have 19 warships.”

He said a study commissioned from within the British armed forces, indicated that defence spending would fall further to 1.9 per cent GDP in 2017 and 1.6 per cent GDP in 2024-2025.

Mr Drax asked: “Will the Minister assure me that is not the case?”

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11:33am Thu 26 Jun 14

elloello1980 says...

shut up and stop trying to get more money into your high ranked pals pockets!

We are watching our poor have to beg for food from community service projects like food banks. but you'd rather money go to the jokers at top to play guns and soldiers with our people and the innocent people across the globe.

Army for a country = defence

Army for a leader = attack

Army for a banker = profit
shut up and stop trying to get more money into your high ranked pals pockets! We are watching our poor have to beg for food from community service projects like food banks. but you'd rather money go to the jokers at top to play guns and soldiers with our people and the innocent people across the globe. Army for a country = defence Army for a leader = attack Army for a banker = profit elloello1980
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11:37am Thu 26 Jun 14

cj07589 says...

No way! Spend the money on lowering taxes. Besides since we are part of the beloved fantastic amazing money sucking EU we don't need armed forces anymore. More money savings to be had!
No way! Spend the money on lowering taxes. Besides since we are part of the beloved fantastic amazing money sucking EU we don't need armed forces anymore. More money savings to be had! cj07589
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12:11pm Thu 26 Jun 14

monkeydog says...

How about spending money on building an egalitarian society? Of course, that's outside his frame of reference or, indeed, experience.
How about spending money on building an egalitarian society? Of course, that's outside his frame of reference or, indeed, experience. monkeydog
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3:08pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Sidney Hall says...

Increasing the defence budget for protecting our liberty is a no brainer. Its not hard to find out why so I wont regurgitate it here,
Increasing the defence budget for protecting our liberty is a no brainer. Its not hard to find out why so I wont regurgitate it here, Sidney Hall
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4:04pm Thu 26 Jun 14

elloello1980 says...

Sidney Hall wrote:
Increasing the defence budget for protecting our liberty is a no brainer. Its not hard to find out why so I wont regurgitate it here,
yes, I agree.

Be ready to defend from attack.

But when was the last time we actually needed to attack others? All the money wasted on Iraq and Afghan could have been spent on better equip, more personnel and better training
[quote][p][bold]Sidney Hall[/bold] wrote: Increasing the defence budget for protecting our liberty is a no brainer. Its not hard to find out why so I wont regurgitate it here,[/p][/quote]yes, I agree. Be ready to defend from attack. But when was the last time we actually needed to attack others? All the money wasted on Iraq and Afghan could have been spent on better equip, more personnel and better training elloello1980
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