Wallace has done well to win an exceptional defence settlement, but it may not be enough to fund all the Integrated Review’s ambitions.
Posts Tagged: Defence Select Committee
Profile: Ben Wallace, one of Johnson’s Long Marchers, and a traditional but also irreverent Defence Secretary
Here is a politician educated at Sandhurst and on active service with the Scots Guards in Northern Ireland, not by reading PPE at Oxford.
Lewis becomes the first Conservative MP to lose the whip during this Parliament. But he may not be the last.
For the Party to take it off him is one thing; for the Government to recast the committee, or try to, would be quite another.
James Wild: The security, defence and foreign policy review is underway. We cannot afford to duck, delay or defer the big decisions.
In the private sector, constantly over-spending your allocated budget would not be dealt with by a bailout but by being shown the door.
The Exiting the European Union Committee has been renamed. The Conservative MPs elected to it are staunch Brexiteers.
These bodies will play an important role in holding this majority Government to account. What will Downing Street make of the results?
Julian Brazier: So Downing Street wants to tackle defence procurement. Here are five ways in which it should change.
Talk of more competition can be naïve if the choice simply amounts to either buying from a national monopoly or making an off-the-shelf purchase from the USA.
Our future Conservative Party leadership needs to address quickly and effectively the problems which have led to the latter’s rise.
It’s increasingly clear that he is the candidate who can win back the voters we need to win the next general election.
This is the post she has long wanted, and will have been disappointed not to get last time round.
She will be feeling a hand of history on her shoulder, and wondering if the other holds a knife at her back.
Mark Francois: States like Russia now pose the primary threat to the UK – we must strengthen our defences accordingly
The erroneous assumption that hostile states were no longer relevant has rightly been abandoned. Now our Armed Forces need the resources to meet the challenge.
Williamson’s verdict at Westminster, not attempted murder in Salisbury, is our best guide to responding to Putin
Last month, he told the Defence Select Committee that Russia has ousted terrorism from the top of the national threat list – which has big spending implications.
It’s one thing to recognise the long-term threats posed by states such as Russia, quite another to meet them.
Brexit has transformed the context in which we plan our security. Commitments to our European neighbours and Global Britain require more money.