Eastbourne MP welcomes investment in terrorism battle

Caroline Ansell MP - 'We face an uncertain world with many threats'
Caroline Ansell MP - 'We face an uncertain world with many threats'

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed the Strategic Defence and Security Review, saying the extra funding will back the military in the fight against terrorism.

National security depends on economic security and this was vital at a time when the threats to the UK are growing, Mrs Ansell said, so the £178 billion spent on defence over the next decade will help achieve this.

Key areas of the review include

Creating two new strike brigades with forces of up to 5,000 personnel each which will be fully equipped to deploy rapidly and sustain themselves in the field.

Increasing the size of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force by a total of 700 personnel.

Renewing the continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrent

Investing in nine maritime patrol aircraft to protect the nuclear deterrent, hunt down hostile submarines and enhance maritime search and rescue.

Extending the life of the multirole Typhoon for 10 extra years through to 2040, meaning the UK will be able to create two additional squadrons.

Accelerating the F-35 programme, by buying 42 jets by 2023.

Investing £1.9 billion over five years in cybersecurity.

“We face an uncertain world with many threats, so an increase in the defence budget is vital if we are to safeguard our security,” the MP said.

“Flexible and effective forces and equipment are needed to do this job and to deter attacks from those who wish to harm us, so the Prime Minister’s announcement of extra armoured vehicles, aircraft and ships has to be welcome.

“Britain cannot leave its security to others, it has to play its part, and that comes at a cost we must pay because without adequate security there is nothing – no economic growth, no prosperity, and no safe future for our children.”

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