Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Government’s defence strategy in disarray

Ministers are planning to cut a third of the Royal Marines frontline fighting units. That was the news revealed by the Telegraph today.

The Government’s defence strategy seems to be in disarray. Having announced plans to sell Stonehouse Barracks without any certainty of where the Royal Marines would go in Plymouth we now learn that Ministers are considering cutting a third of the Royal Marines to plug funding gaps the MOD has created.

Our armed forces and their families deserve better than yet another round of uncertainty and confusion. Since the general election Conservative Ministers have u-turned on promises not to sell the Royal Citadel and Stonehouse Barracks, backtracked on promises not to scrap HMS Ocean and overseen further cuts to frontline troops. Now we learn that the Royal Marines are in jeopardy too. This is no way to treat serving Royal Marines, their families and veterans.

I want to see an urgent debate in Parliament to make Ministers account for this back of a fag packet plan. Plymouth deserves better than yet more ill-thought out, poorly planned and damaging cuts to our armed forces.

Read the press statement from Cllr Tudor Evans and me here and let me know what you think about this latest Tory cut to hit Plymouth in the comments.

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