Responding to the Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary,  Maria Eagle MP said:

 

“This Defence Review will not undo the damage to our Armed Forces caused by the last one, when the Government reduced the UK’s Defence budget by 14.1 per cent over the course of the Parliament.

 

“The Ministry of Defence has lurched from crisis to crisis under David Cameron’s watch. This is a Government which, since coming to office, has left the UK with aircraft carriers without aircraft, without maritime patrol, and with plummeting morale in our Armed Forces. We will therefore judge the Government by its actions rather than its words.

 

“In an increasingly dangerous world, the UK needs a proper, joined-up strategy to place our Defence and Security on a sustainable footing.

 

“Instead the Tories have created huge capability gaps, which our Armed Forces are still living with.”