Today, the UK will host NATO leaders from 29 countries for a meeting to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO – the most successful military alliance in history, which protects a billion people. Our 2019 manifesto sets out how we’ll keep Britain safe and support our armed forces by:
- Maintaining Trident, exceeding the NATO target of spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence, increasing the defence budget by at least 0.5 per cent above inflation every year of the new Parliament and modernising military equipment.
- Tackling vexatious legal claims, ensuring soldiers based in Scotland are not subject to the SNP's massive taxes, offering wraparound childcare for Army families and offering a guaranteed job interview for veterans.
The UK has the second largest defence budget in NATO and the largest in the Europe, and I am encouraged by Ministers' assurances that the 2 per cent commitment is a floor not a ceiling. This will ensure that Britain's defence budget continues to support world-class armed forces, with the equipment and capabilities needed to deliver security for Britain in an unstable world.
Throughout the campaign – we’ve seen the threat that Jeremy Corbyn poses to our national security:
- Today, it has emerged that Corbyn said he wishes NATO ‘didn’t exist’ – showing that he’d abandon Britain’s closest military allies.
- Corbyn would scrap Trident in return for the SNP’s support – risking the ultimate guarantee of our country’s safety just so he can be in No. 10.
- Emily Thornberry admitted she couldn’t think of one occasion when Jeremy Corbyn would support military action.
- Three defence leaders have today warned about the consequences of a Corbyn-led government.
Today too, it has been revealed that Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott all backed a group whose aims are to ‘oppose all laws based on a pretext of counter-terrorism’ and to repeal all current counter-terror laws.
- Corbyn has appeared on numerous occasions at events organised by the group and backed the ‘achievements’ of the organisation.
- Along with this, McDonnell and Corbyn ALSO signed a letter opposing longer sentences for those convicted of terror offences.
The Conservatives will always take the necessary steps to ensure criminals are kept off our streets. Jeremy Corbyn will not. Since Friday’s appalling incident, we’ve announced that we’ll keep terrorists in prison for longer and tighten security around our borders we can keep people and communities in Britain safe.