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Drax issues wake-up call on military
SOUTH Dorset MP Richard Drax has demanded a rethink on Government's defence cuts.
He spoke against the spending plans during a Commons motion calling for a u-turn on the decision to cut the 2nd Regiment Royal Fusiliers (2RRF).
Mr Drax, who is a former soldier, said: “The priority should be to defend our country and her people.
“Our priorities are wrong.”
“Throwing money at the Soviet-style bureaucracy that some people call the EU and at foreign aid to states that practise genocide is utter madness at a time when we are cutting our armed services.”
He added: “It is clear to me that the defence spending review was carried out by accountants, not according to military logic.”
“Consequently, we now find ourselves making decisions for political expediency.
“As a former soldier, I find that shameful.”
The motion was brought to the Commons by Conservative MP John Baron, a former member of 2RRF.
Mr Drax spent nine years in the Coldstream Guards before becoming a journalist and then South Dorset MP.