Armed Forces

John Baron MP highlights falling EU defence spending

March 10, 2014
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MP says Ukrainian crisis underlines importance of strong defence Today in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, gave a Statement following the European Council meeting last week. EU leaders discussed possible responses to the crisis in the Ukraine. In the Chamber, John asked, “Events in the Crimea remind...
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John Baron MP welcomes Select Committee Report on Army Reforms

March 6, 2014
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MP highlights cynical MoD balance sheet exercise Today the Defence Select Committee, chaired by Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP, issued its critical report into the Government’s Army Reforms. These will see 20,000 Regular troops replaced by 30,000 Reservists. John has led a Parliamentary campaign against these cuts to the Regular Army, most notably in...
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John Baron MP speaks about Syrian Parliamentary vote at Global Strategy Forum

February 25, 2014
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MP says Britain must preserve military capabilities This afternoon John Baron MP spoke at the Global Strategy Forum, an organisation which facilitates discussions about foreign affairs, defence and international security issues. John was invited to join a panel to debate the implications on future British military interventions following Parliament’s decision to vote down military...
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John Baron MP highlights weak Army Reserve recruitment figures

February 19, 2014
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MP says MoD plans will be hit by double-whammy The Defence Analytical Services Agency recently released its latest analysis of the size of the Army and the Army Reserves. The figures show that, in the year to January 2014, the Army Reserve shrank by 50. This is despite high-profile recruitment campaigns to persuade people...
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John Baron MP: Prime Minister differs with Ministers at PMQs over Nuclear Test Veterans

February 12, 2014
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Prime Minister says discussions ongoing Today during Prime Minister’s Questions, John Baron MP asked the Prime Minister about the British nuclear test veterans. The British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA), of which John is Patron, is running a campaign in support of the veterans, the aims of which are twofold: to secure oral or...
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John Baron MP presses Defence Secretary over change in Army Reserve plan

January 23, 2014
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MP accuses Government of getting defence on the cheap Today in the House of Commons, the Defence Secretary, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, made a statement regarding the Fourth Tranche of Army redundancies. This forms part of the plan to reduce the Army from 102,000 to 82,000 regulars and to plug the gap with...
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John Baron MP: There is more than meets the eye to MoD IT failure

January 17, 2014
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MP seeks clarity from Defence Secretary On Tuesday in the House of Commons, the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, responded to an Urgent Question on the failures and cost overruns of the new MoD IT systems and the consequential negative effects on Army recruitment, particularly into the reserves. In...
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John Baron MP: Robert Gates echoes wider concerns over Defence spending

January 16, 2014
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MP who led Army rebellion says Government is taking unnecessary risks John Baron MP has said that Robert Gates, the former US Defence Secretary, is right to warn that cuts to the UK’s Armed Forces will limit the country’s ability to be a major player on the world stage. John Baron MP, who led...
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John Baron MP will call for halt to axing of Regulars during today’s Urgent Question

January 14, 2014
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MP will describe Army recruitment IT systems as a shambles The House of Commons has been granted an Urgent Question following a leaked MoD document cited in the Times this morning detailing how the MoD’s new IT Army recruiting system does not work, despite having so far cost the taxpayer up to £15.5m. The...
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John Baron MP highlights poor Army recruitment figures

December 19, 2013
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MP raises concerns about cancellation of Army Reserve courses The Secretary of State for Defence today issued a statement on the state of recruitment into the reserves. The MoD is intending to offset the loss of 20,000 regulars by recruiting 30,000 reservists, but there are many indications that reserve recruitment is badly missing its...
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