The Task Force dispatched in response to Hurricane Irma was a remarkable achievement. If the rumoured cuts go ahead, we will not be able to repeat it.
Williamson must ensure that our Armed Forces have enough troops, that the MoD gets them the equipment they need, and help drive reform in NATO.
Gavin Williamson is gifted, well-connected, successful – and not devoid of ambition. His former deputy is now Chief Whip. This is a controversial appointment.
“We need to talk about as a party what we look like after Brexit, and I hope that veterans’ care and being a party of defence means something.”
The deal won’t stop Iran’s nuclear programme for good, but it is still better than alternative, military means of non-proliferation.
The Defence Secretary calls on the Labour leader to reject his youth wing’s position.
“A society that does not judge you for where you come from or your background or how you live your life provided you do no harm to others that is the syncretic genius of our country.”
“Of course sometimes the exchanges are tough, but that is to be expected…because the prizes for success are enormous. As are the consequences of failure.”
Nearly everything believed to exercise Labour more than the Tories was also named more often as a priority for “me and my family” than for Britain as a whole.
We can be proud of the military campaigns in Iraq and Syria. There remains much to do and we will stay the course.
The arrogant behaviour of the EU so far, bordering on the deliberately offensive, is a bluff that we need to call.
Plus: Cable, the Saudis, arms – and hypocrisy. MPs, the EU Withdrawal Bill, Henry VIII clauses – and hypocrisy. And: on a different note, why isn’t Zahawi a Minister?
The policy of preventing Pyongyang becoming a nuclear state has failed. We must now shift to protecting others from that new reality.
The Prime Minister asked me to conduct a review of recruiting into the Armed Forces. My report is published this week.
Since the UK has become a full member of Junker’s military plans, this plunges into doubt whether Brexit does indeed mean Brexit.