general election (2)
Defence UK is not a party political organisation so will not recommend where your cross should be placed. As suggested below there is not likely to be anything major in any of the manifestos, but it will be worth checking just in case. Defence subjects do occasionally come up in interviews and to date they have included the future of NATO and the Trident Deterrent. So information, particularly on general attitudes, is there to be found.
Defence is not likely to be a major issue with the individual parties. It is unlikely that they will commit to more than spending 2% of GDP. They must not be allowed to forget the first duty of government, so it is to be hoped that members of the public will raise the issue with the candidates in their constituency.
quotes from Defence secretary's speech to to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly:
"Last month our spending review granted my department an extra £2.3bn. This takes us to an overall budget of £41.23bn and the leading spenders in Europe."
"We believe, in the United Kingdom, that our nuclear deterrent is for all your defence. It is why we believe it is important to contribute over 2% of GDP on defence spending and it is why we intend to continue to seek to support and strengthen this alliance and its membership."
He did say "Over 2%", but it is too low and bears little relevance to the amount needed to maintain Britain's Armed Forces at the required level.
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