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Defence Secretary warns Labour ‘presents a danger’ to the UK’s national security

14th May 24 1:26 pm

The Defence Secretary has warned that Labour “presents a danger” to the UK and they are sending “a signal” to our enemies “we are not serious” over our defence.

This comes as Labour have said they will try to reach the defence spending target of 2.5% of GDP, but only when the economic conditions allow, however, the Conservatives have committed to the increase by 2030.

Grant Shapps said that Labour not committing to a “timetable” sends a “signal to our adversaries.”

Shapps told Sky News, “You can’t wish your way to more defence spending. You have to set out the plans and do it and that is why our plans now are fundamentally different to Labour.

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“And I have to say as Defence Secretary, with everything that I know in this role, that I think that the Labour position presents a danger to this country because it will send a signal to our adversaries that we are not serious about our defence if we won’t set out that timetable.”

On Monday the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned that the UK is in “the most dangerous times’ ever seen and ‘almost every aspect of our lives is going to change.”

Sunak warned that over the next five years the UK will be “some of the most dangerous” we have ever seen as we are now at a “crossroads.”

Sunak said that under Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party the UK will not be safe, but “I believe that we will keep this country safe and Keir Starmer’s actions demonstrate that he won’t be able to do that.”

Sir Keir Starmer said that Labour is “much more serious” than the Conservatives over the national security of the UK.

Mark Francois, a former Armed Forces minister, said, “Shapps is right – just look at the top of the shadow cabinet.

“Starmer tried hard to make that CND-lover Corbyn Prime Minister. Both Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader and David Lammy, the shadow foreign secretary, voted against renewing our nuclear deterrent.

“And Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, has little interest in the subject, aside from stopping Labour putting a timescale on getting to 2.5% of GDP on defence, so that’s meaningless.

“Their top team gives the game away – Labour simply can’t be trusted on defence.”

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