MP Russell quizzes PM on Army cuts

MP Russell quizzes PM on Army cuts

MP Russell quizzes PM on Army cuts

First published in News

COLCHESTER MP Sir Bob Russell has quizzed Prime Minister David Cameron over cuts to the Army.

Since 2011, more than 12,000 service personnel have been made redundant under the Ministry of Defence Army 2020 proposals.

Britain’s rapid response unit, 16 Air Assault, based in Colchester, will have lost 3,000 of its 8,000 soldiers by the end of this year.

The Government’s plans is to replace regular soldiers with reservists.

Speaking in the House yesterday, Sir Bob said: “Today is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Anglian Regiment.

“At that time, it had four regular battalions and three territorial ones.

“Now, it has only two regular battalions and just one reserve battalion.

“Does the Prime Minister accept that, in an increasingly dangerous world, both here and overseas, it is not in Britain’s defence interests to cut the size of the British Army to what it was at the time of Waterloo 200 years ago?”

But Mr Cameron disagreed, saying: “It is in Britain’s interests to make sure that we spend our £33 billion defence budget on the assets that we actually need when facing the conflicts that we face today.

“So we have state-of-the-art Tornadoes that are able to fly over Iraq and Syria to gather intelligence, and we have brand-new Rivet Joint aircraft that can do similar things.

“The investment is absolutely vital for our country.”

The National Audit Office has also previously questioned the cuts, warning replacing regular soldiers with reservists has “significant risks”.

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3:40pm Tue 2 Sep 14

sam vines says...

Bit late to ask questions now the cuts have taken place.
Bit late to ask questions now the cuts have taken place. sam vines
  • Score: 12

6:16pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

This was broadcast yesterday on BBC Parliament-one of dozens of questions with MPs back their "school" hols for 2 weeks.
As a "student" of history Sir Bob will have known that troops under the control of Wellington were a collection of different nationalities and not just British-and not to mention the German Prussians who returned to the action and saved the day at Waterloo.
In 2014 as a member of the Defence committee Sir Bob will know that Britain spends more than its fair share policing the world-and its time that some other European countries increased their contribution.
This was broadcast yesterday on BBC Parliament-one of dozens of questions with MPs back their "school" hols for 2 weeks. As a "student" of history Sir Bob will have known that troops under the control of Wellington were a collection of different nationalities and not just British-and not to mention the German Prussians who returned to the action and saved the day at Waterloo. In 2014 as a member of the Defence committee Sir Bob will know that Britain spends more than its fair share policing the world-and its time that some other European countries increased their contribution. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 5

6:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
This was broadcast yesterday on BBC Parliament-one of dozens of questions with MPs back their "school" hols for 2 weeks.
As a "student" of history Sir Bob will have known that troops under the control of Wellington were a collection of different nationalities and not just British-and not to mention the German Prussians who returned to the action and saved the day at Waterloo.
In 2014 as a member of the Defence committee Sir Bob will know that Britain spends more than its fair share policing the world-and its time that some other European countries increased their contribution.
Also this is a library picture-he was sitting at the far end of the chamber.
Sir Alan Beith and Sir Menzies Campbell (2 retiring LibDems ) occupied the central bench)
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: This was broadcast yesterday on BBC Parliament-one of dozens of questions with MPs back their "school" hols for 2 weeks. As a "student" of history Sir Bob will have known that troops under the control of Wellington were a collection of different nationalities and not just British-and not to mention the German Prussians who returned to the action and saved the day at Waterloo. In 2014 as a member of the Defence committee Sir Bob will know that Britain spends more than its fair share policing the world-and its time that some other European countries increased their contribution.[/p][/quote]Also this is a library picture-he was sitting at the far end of the chamber. Sir Alan Beith and Sir Menzies Campbell (2 retiring LibDems ) occupied the central bench) Shrubendlad
  • Score: 1

10:32pm Tue 2 Sep 14

The old see dog says...

(But Mr Cameron disagreed, saying: “It is in Britain’s interests to make sure that we spend our £33 billion defence budget on the assets that we actually need when facing the conflicts that we face today.)



The conflicts of today will be in this country if their prediction is correct, not fighting in other countries that is none of our business.

If we were not interfering with their lives then they would not be on their way here. But the door is always open as always, with no one left to defend us, except TA cannon fodder.

Good luck everyone.
(But Mr Cameron disagreed, saying: “It is in Britain’s interests to make sure that we spend our £33 billion defence budget on the assets that we actually need when facing the conflicts that we face today.) The conflicts of today will be in this country if their prediction is correct, not fighting in other countries that is none of our business. If we were not interfering with their lives then they would not be on their way here. But the door is always open as always, with no one left to defend us, except TA cannon fodder. Good luck everyone. The old see dog
  • Score: 2

4:19am Wed 3 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

Colchester is and always will be an important Army base-We are proud of that. With the closure of the German bases and the fact that Colchester is not in disputed locations like Scotland its future is secure.
Finally on the history front-Britain was bankrupt after Waterloo-the Army and Navy lost 2/3 of their numbers-the "Empire" was forced to rely on Companies like the East India Co to keep going. It is even claimed that they poisoned Napoleon on St Helena because it was too expensive to maintain the guards.
Colchester is and always will be an important Army base-We are proud of that. With the closure of the German bases and the fact that Colchester is not in disputed locations like Scotland its future is secure. Finally on the history front-Britain was bankrupt after Waterloo-the Army and Navy lost 2/3 of their numbers-the "Empire" was forced to rely on Companies like the East India Co to keep going. It is even claimed that they poisoned Napoleon on St Helena because it was too expensive to maintain the guards. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -2

11:00am Wed 3 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

sam vines wrote:
Bit late to ask questions now the cuts have taken place.
We all know that this piece will appear in the Essex County Standard-its probably been written by Sir Bob Russell himself(or Wendy Brading).
Its the standard Sir Bob Russell "look what Ive been doing piece".
As Sam Vines points out theres absolutely nothing new.
He is a member of the Defence Committee-he knows Britain is one of only 4 of the 28 countries in Nato contributing the full 2% of its GDP to the military budget.
Does he want us to spend more on the defence budget and less on the NHS?
Can anybody explain what he means?
Remember 100 years ago a Liberal Government took us into the First Great War.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: Bit late to ask questions now the cuts have taken place.[/p][/quote]We all know that this piece will appear in the Essex County Standard-its probably been written by Sir Bob Russell himself(or Wendy Brading). Its the standard Sir Bob Russell "look what Ive been doing piece". As Sam Vines points out theres absolutely nothing new. He is a member of the Defence Committee-he knows Britain is one of only 4 of the 28 countries in Nato contributing the full 2% of its GDP to the military budget. Does he want us to spend more on the defence budget and less on the NHS? Can anybody explain what he means? Remember 100 years ago a Liberal Government took us into the First Great War. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 1

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