Armed Forces

John Baron MP presses Government on Royal Navy capabilities

July 20, 2017
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MP says strong Armed Forces can make conflict less likely Having recently launched his foreign policy report examining the negative effects of cuts in diplomatic and defence spending over successive governments , John Baron MP asked during defence questions yesterday, “What assessment the Defence Secretary has made of whether...
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John Baron MP welcomes PM’s break with failed interventionist policies

January 27, 2017
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MP supports new era of pragmatism in foreign policy Yesterday the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May, addressed a gathering of Republican Congressmen in Philadelphia. During her speech, she said there must be ‘no return to the failed policies of the past’ that saw Britain bogged down in questionable overseas conflicts. The Prime Minister...
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John Baron MP: The Key Lessons from Iraq

July 15, 2016
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MP says truth must be spoken to power and foreign policy must be properly informed This week MPs held a two-day debate on the findings of the Iraq Inquiry chaired by Sir John Chilcot. John Baron MP said there were a number of key lessons from Iraq, including the need for the legislative to...
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John Baron MP responds to Parliamentary vote on Syria

December 3, 2015
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MP says Parliamentarians will continue to scrutinise the Government Last night the Prime Minister’s motion was passed by MPs, who supported it by 397 votes to 223. On an earlier vote, an amendment tabled by John Baron MP and representatives from five other parties was defeated by 390 votes to 211. John...
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John Baron MP highlights Foreign Affairs Committee’s resolution

December 1, 2015
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MP tables cross-party amendment against military action The Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) issued a report on British air strikes in Syria at the beginning of November, setting out members’ concerns about the nature and extent of the mission, and with the Government’s overall strategy. The Prime Minister himself responded to the Committee’s report directly...
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John Baron MP cautions against Prime Minister’s Syrian statement

November 26, 2015
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MP opposes air strikes in Syria Today in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister responded to the recent report of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, and set out the Government’s case for extending military strikes against Daesh into Syria. In the House of Commons, John asked, “Having just returned from the Middle East,...
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John Baron MP: Syrian ‘Embed’ programme shows Government insensitivity to Parliament

August 3, 2015
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MP says the trust of Parliament is paramount Today the Secretary of State made a Statement in the House explaining how it had come about that British RAF personnel have been involved in military strikes against Daesh in Syria, despite Parliament making clear its view on multiple occasions that there should be no British...
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John Baron MP calls on Government to explain British military involvement in Syria

July 17, 2015
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MP says Parliament has made clear its views against military action This morning the media reported that British RAF personnel had been involved in military strikes against Daesh in Syria, despite Parliament making clear its view on multiple occasions that there should be no British involvement in military action in Syria. The RAF personnel...
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John Baron MP questions Government on reserve recruitment

July 13, 2015
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MP says Reservist plans remain high-risk Today in the House of Commons, John Baron MP questioned the Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier MP, about the Government’s plans to replace 20,000 Regular troops with 30,000 Reservists. John’s question centred around the fact that the Major Projects Authority (a Government body working out of the Cabinet...
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John Baron MP welcomes Chancellor’s Budget commitment to spending 2% of GDP on defence

July 8, 2015
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MP cautions against combining spending from outside MoD budget During his Budget speech in the House of Commons this afternoon, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, announced that the Government will meet the NATO commitment to spend at least 2% of GDP on defence. John and other MPs have long...
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