UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government must not use troops’ needs as cover for budget mismanagement – Rennie

Press Release   •   Dec 15, 2009 12:17 GMT

“Ministers should be taking a much more radical approach to defence spending," said the Liberal Democrat Defence Spokesperson.

Commenting on reports of planned MoD cuts, including possible cuts to Scottish military bases, Willie Rennie said:

“The Government should not be using the needs of our troops in Afghanistan as cover for their own catastrophic mismanagement of the military budget.

“Panic cuts in the short term could cost the country dear in the long term. The Defence Secretary’s statement must be in the country’s future interest rather than for Labour’s selfish benefit.

“While more Chinooks are welcome, it has to be asked why it took so long for ministers to order more of these vital helicopters.

“Ministers should be taking a much more radical approach to defence spending. When it comes to reprioritising for current and future commitments, it is frankly bizarre to leave outdated, Cold War projects such as Eurofighter and Trident completely untouched.”