DEFENCE

Britain has some of the best and bravest Armed Forces in the world. Yet grandstanding politicians send our servicemen and women abroad with poor equipment. They have cut the Army to its smallest size in 300 years. Military housing is substandard.

Our wounded and veterans are often abandoned. Some still face unjust legal claims. We will reform our military covenant so those who put their lives on the line get the support they deserve both during and after service.

 

Critical reforms needed in the first 100 days:

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Increase Defence Spending to 2.5% of National GDP by year 3, then 3% within 6 years.
This will increase the size and capacity of our armed forces, ensuring our lead role in NATO. Will improve equipment and boost morale in military communities.

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Introduce Urgent Pay Review.
Increase basic pay across our armed forces to boost recruitment and retention. It is unacceptable that a private soldier is paid less than an Amazon worker.

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Introduce new Armed Forces Justice Bill.
Protect our servicemen and women on active duty inside and outside the UK from civil law and human rights lawyers. The bill will also create an armed forces watchdog to fast-track complaints and appeals in housing and welfare.

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New, Dedicated Ministerial Department for Veterans.
A properly funded and resourced whole department is essential. The next page has more detail.

Thereafter:

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Regenerate Britain’s Defence Manufacturing and Technology.
Introduce incentives and tax breaks to boost the UK defence industry. Improve equipment self-sufficiency and manufacture world class products for export.

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Reform Defence Procurement.
Launch a Joint Acquisition Corp to ensure world class procurement. The Ministry of Defence must listen to soldiers on the front line and ensure they get the equipment they need.

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Education for Military Personnel.
Free education both during and after service is vital to ensure a successful return to civilian life.

Defence Pledges Costs = £13 billion pa

 

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This proposed contract is deliberately issued as a working draft. We welcome your comments, challenges and queries. The contract will be finalised later in the year. This is what happens in business, and the nation should be run like a lean, efficient business with motivated employees and happy customers.

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