Today the Tory Government confirmed they plan to sell Stonehouse Barracks AND the Royal Citadel in Plymouth. It's been only a year and a half since Tory Ministers promised voters in Plymouth that they had no plans to sell either bases in the General Election. It's clear that was a massive fib made to win votes with no intention of being kept.
We need to redouble our efforts to ensure that the Army and the Royal Marines are retained in the City. Promises made by this Government to Plymouth on defence are made quickly and broken with the same ease.
During the general election I raised concerns about the future of defence assets in our city and was told by the Tory MP who narrowly won the election that I was "scaremongering". Turns out I was right and he was yet again making promises he would not keep. HMS Ocean - scrapped. Stonehouse Barracks - to be sold. The Royal Citadel - to be sold. This is a simple betrayal of Plymouth. Promises made, promises broken, jobs under threat.
Watching the statement in the House of Commons I saw the ease in which the Government announced the sale of 56 defence sites and the absence of any of Plymouth's Tory MPs to stand up for our city. Plymouth deserves better. Hopefully they'll turn up, but looks too little, too late. Again.