Armed Forces

John Baron MP cautions against air strikes in Syria

July 2, 2015
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MP says questions remain about efforts to combat Daesh The Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, has suggested that MPs consider extending RAF air strikes to Syria. At the moment, following the Parliamentary vote on 26th September 2014, the RAF is only authorised to conduct anti-Daesh air strikes in Iraq....
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John Baron MP questions Defence Minister over Defence Diplomacy

June 8, 2015
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MP welcomes ‘up-gunning’ of Defence Attachés Today in the House of Commons, during Defence Questions, John Baron MP asked Julian Brazier MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the MoD, about defence diplomacy. This often takes the form of joint military exercises with allied forces, personnel exchange programmes or diplomatic contacts between defence attachés....
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BNTVA and John Baron MP meet No 10 and MoD officials

May 29, 2015
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Nuclear Test Veteran campaign seeks to uphold ‘No 10 Agreement’ Last week, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA), as well as the group’s Patron, John Baron MP, held a constructive meeting at the MoD with officials from No 10 and the MoD. The meeting was to clarify the...
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John Baron MP calls for end of ‘political disconnect’ on defence spending

March 12, 2015
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MP says falling below 2% level would be a grave mistake John Baron MP today led a Parliamentary debate calling on the Government to commit to spending at least 2% of GDP on defence, in line with our NATO commitment. He secured the debate with cross-party support via the Back Bench Business Committee, with...
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John Baron MP seeks political clarity on NATO defence spending

March 10, 2015
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MP says we should commit to at least 2% of GDP On Thursday John Baron MP will lead a Parliamentary debate on a motion calling for the Government to spend at least 2% of GDP on defence, in line with its NATO commitment. The debate was secured with cross-party support via the Back Bench...
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John Baron MP secures Parliamentary debate on Defence Spending

March 5, 2015
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MP says Government should spend at least 2% of GDP on Defence Following an application to the Back Bench Business Committee, which was supported by MPs of all parties, John Baron MP has secured a debate calling on the Government to spend at least 2% of GDP on defence, in line with our NATO...
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John Baron MP encourages Minister to scrap Army Reserve plans

February 23, 2015
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MP highlights average reservist infantry age in House of Commons Today, during Defence Questions in the House of Commons, John Baron MP pressed the Government to think again about its reservist plans, given the slow progress in recruitment and the age profile of the Reserves. John said, “Government figures show that the average age...
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John Baron MP calls for increased defence spending

February 19, 2015
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MP says Defence Secretary is right on Russia Today the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, warned that Russia posed a ‘real and present danger’ to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and pointed to increased Russian defence spending. It also emerged this morning that RAF Typhoon aircraft were scrambled yesterday to...
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John Baron MP criticises latest Army Reserve recruitment figures

February 12, 2015
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MP says Army reforms have created capability gaps and false economies Today the MoD released the latest UK Armed Forces Quarterly Personnel Report, which confirms that recruitment into the Army Reserve is proceeding too slowly. In the period from 1st April 2013 to 1st January 2015 the Army Reserve has only gained 550 soldiers....
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John Baron MP says key Afghan mistake was confusing the mission

February 11, 2015
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MP intervenes in Parliamentary Afghan War debate In Parliament this afternoon, Keith Simpson MP led a Westminster Hall debate on the lessons from the Afghan War. In the debate, John said, “The key mistake we made in Afghanistan was, on having achieved our original mission of ridding the country of al-Qaeda, we then allowed...
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