Defence

John Baron MP presses Prime Minister on Nuclear Test Veterans

November 19, 2014
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MP looks forward to Defence Secretary meeting Today at PMQs, John Baron MP asked the Prime Minister about the British nuclear test veterans. John and the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA) have been campaigning for official recognition for the test veterans’ service, and for a Government ex gratia payment of £25m to establish...
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John Baron MP presses Prime Minister over ‘bullies in the playground’

November 17, 2014
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MP criticises ‘talking loudly but carrying a small stick’ Today in the House of Commons the Prime Minister made a statement regarding the recent G20 Summit in Australia. John asked, “Is not the danger with the policy of talking loudly and carrying a small stick that it eventually gets found out by the bullies...
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John Baron MP secures Parliamentary Urgent Question on Army Reserve recruitment

November 17, 2014
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MP: Government should stop trying to get defence on the cheap Today in the House of Commons, the Speaker granted John Baron MP an Urgent Question to ask the Secretary of State for Defence about recruitment into the Army Reserve. The most recent UK Armed Forces Quarterly Personnel Report, released last week, confirms that...
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John Baron MP questions Prime Minister on Army Reforms

September 8, 2014
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MP references report by Public Accounts Committee In the House of Commons today, the Prime Minister gave a Statement following last week’s NATO summit in Wales. The Government’s Army reforms will see 20,000 Regulars replaced by 30,000 Reservists. John asked, “At the NATO summit, the Prime Minister was absolutely right to emphasise strong defence....
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John Baron MP cautions against mission creep in Iraq

August 22, 2014
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MP says Iraqi Army is ‘elephant in the room’ John Baron MP has cautioned against mission creep by the West in Iraq. He has called for more urgent action to get the Iraqi Army ‘fit for purpose’, and support from Gulf allies if necessary. John said, “Talk of further military involvement by the West...
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John Baron MP to call for higher defence spending in House of Commons debate

June 19, 2014
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MP highlights tangible and intangible benefits of strong defence Tomorrow John Baron MP is sponsoring a debate on defence spending in the House of Commons. He will argue that we need to reverse spending cuts, and that, as we approach the next Strategic Defence and Security Review, Parliament needs to make clear that defence...
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John Baron MP: NAO report on Reservists confirms ‘balance sheet’ exercise

June 11, 2014
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MP says Defence Secretary’s reputation is on the line Today the National Audit Office (NAO) published a highly critical report on the MoD’s Army reforms to replace 20,000 Regulars with 30,000 Reservists. The report concludes that the Army 2020 reforms were not subjected to the appropriate feasibility testing. The NAO also concludes the transition...
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John Baron MP: 2RRF Honour Guard marches off the square

May 30, 2014
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John Baron MP: 2RRF Honour Guard marches off the square

John Baron MP: 2RRF Honour Guard marches off the square MP slams MoD Reservist plans Tuesday saw the last Fusilier Honour Guard outside No 10. Since February 2013, ex-members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have paraded outside the gates of No 10 to coincide with the Cabinet’s weekly meeting. The former soldiers have...
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John Baron MP highlights shortfall in Army Reserve training courses

May 30, 2014
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MP says Catterick course of 7 recruits is a waste of taxpayers’ money John Baron MP, and many other Parliamentarians, has opposed Government plans to replace 20,000 Regulars with 30,000 Reservists, fearing such plans will create unacceptable capability gaps and false economies. The MoD is having severe trouble recruiting Reservists and is throwing more...
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2RRF Honour Guard marches off the square

May 22, 2014
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Fusiliers will continue with 1RRF Since February 2013, ex-members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have paraded outside the gates of No 10 to coincide with the Cabinet’s weekly meeting. The former soldiers have been marking their disagreement with the MoD’s plans to disband 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF) as part...
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