Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Time Oliver Colvile stood up to his promise on 3% of GDP to be spent on defence

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During the election campaign I highlighted how Mr Colvile had voted to cut our armed forces. He responded by saying that he would call for 3% of GDP to be spent on defence. It was a big announcement and one that I know swung some voters around to vote for him and not me. 

That's a serious promise and now it's time he delivered on it. His promotion to being a PPS in the Ministry of Defence means he won't be able to speak on defence anymore. So, what happens to his promise to campaign for higher defence spending?

Well, we've seen £500m of in year cuts already given to the MOD and not a peep from Mr Colvile.

I didn't win the election so I can't put into action the promises I made, but Mr Colvile did, so it's right and fair we ask why he is turning his back on his promise to campaign for higher defence spending?

Labour proposed sticking to 2% of GDP until the next Strategic Defence Review had reported and then spending decisions would be made based on the outcome of that review.

The Tories have chosen to cut defence already and there's more defence cuts coming in the Budget in July. So, as cuts are going in the opposite direction Mr Colvile said he'd campaign for, will he resign and fight Devonport's corner or vote for lower defence spending and cuts to Plymouth? I think you know the answer.

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