Labour’s commitment to NATO is unshakeable. That was Luke’s message to the Commons in the debate on international security and our membership of NATO today.
As Devonport’s MP, Luke know that the alliance has helped keep the peace in Europe for decades. The post-war Labour Government that created the NHS and welfare state was instrumental in creating NATO as a defensive alliance. The value of that alliance is more relevant than ever given the criminal invasion of Ukraine by Russia and threats to use nuclear weapons against Britain made by the Kremlin.
“I am proud to come from a military family and proud to represent a military city. As your MP and as a Shadow Defence Minister I have made the case against Conservative Government cuts to our armed forces. Ministers still plan to cut 10,000 roles in the Army and cut the Reserves by 10%. With increased military threats to ourselves and our allies now is not the time to cut our Armed Forces.”
Luke is strongly opposed Tory cuts to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines since being elected in 2017. Luke wants to see the Royal Marines remain in Plymouth and for further investment in the Royal Navy. Luke is proud of the armed forces in Plymouth and proud to have made the case for the continued membership of NATO in Parliament. It is the best option for security and his party remains committed to the alliance.