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Evesham MP joins calls to protect budget

Updated: 5:11 pm, May 06, 2015

EVESHAM’S MP is among those to have a signed a House of Commons motion which calls for Britain to safeguard its security by protecting the defence budget.

Mid Worcestershire MP, Sir Peter Luff, signed the cross-party motion which invites the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Democratic Unionist Parties to maintain defence spending.

The motion reads: “This House calls upon the next Government to adopt effective and properly resourced diplomatic, development and defence policies to meet threats, and supports the UK devoting at least 2 per cent of its GDP to defence, including a 1 per cent per annum increase in the defence equipment budget.”

The motion has the support of Mr Luff, who was defence equipment minster from 2010 to 2012, and several other former defence figures including, former Conservative defence minister James Arbuthnot and former Labour defence secretary Bob Ainsworth.

“There are troubling indications that both the major parties are quietly moving away from their commitment to maintain defence spending at the NATO target level of two per cent of GDP,” Mr Luff said.

“In an increasingly dangerous and uncertain world, we must make sure that our defences remain secure, this is the fundamental purpose of the state, to keep its citizens safe and we can’t do that if defence spending is cut any further.”

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