Vernon Coaker response to the latest round of Armed Forces redundancies announced by the Government

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on the latest round of Armed Forces redundancies announced by the Government, said:
 
“Labour is clear about the need to reconfigure our Armed Forces after withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of a presence in Germany. But we would never do anything that would leave Britain’s security under threat.
 
“The Government is letting down our Armed Forces and their families, and taking risks with our nation’s safety. The IT fiasco at the Ministry of Defence is costing millions of taxpayer pounds and hampering recruitment to the Armed Forces. The promised increase in the number of Reserves – to make up for the gap left by these redundancies – hasn’t happened. 
 
“David Cameron’s defence record is one of failure. On procurement, on recruitment and on redundancies, the Government is in crisis. The Tories are getting it wrong and gambling with Britain’s future.”

Originally on http://press.labour.org.uk/

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