Thursday, June 20, 2024

MP Metcalfe welcomes massive spend on defence

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local Member of Parliament for South Basildon & East Thurrock has welcomed the publication of today’s Strategic Defence and Security Review – a comprehensive plan to back our Armed Forces, counter-terrorism police and intelligence agencies with the resources they need.

Our national security depends on our economic security. Our renewed economic security means we can afford to invest further in our national security. This is vital at a time when the threats to our country are growing.

Our plan to invest £178 billion in our defence over the next decade, includes:

· Creating two new strike brigades with forces of up to 5,000 personnel each who will be fully equipped to deploy rapidly and sustain themselves in the field.

· Increasing the size of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force by a total of 700 personnel.

· Renewing the continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrent – our ultimate insurance policy.

· Investing in nine maritime patrol aircraft to protect our nuclear deterrent, hunt down hostile submarines and enhance our maritime search and rescue.

· Extending the life of our multirole Typhoon for 10 extra years through to 2040, meaning we will be able to create two additional squadrons.

· Accelerating the F-35 programme, by buying 42 jets by 2023.

· Investing £1.9 billion over five years in our cybersecurity.


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