Source: Labour List UK
Keir Starmer has welcomed the increased spending on defence unveiled by the Prime Minister this morning but criticised the announced funding as a “spending announcement without a strategy”.
Responding to a House of Commons statement this afternoon by Boris Johnson, the Labour leader challenged the Prime Minister over how the government planned to deliver the additional funding for the Ministry of Defence.
Johnson had told MPs: “British governments have trimmed and cheesepared our defence budget and if we go on like this we risk waking up to discover that our armed forces, the pride of Britain, have fallen below the minimum threshold of viability.”
Starmer said in response: “We welcome this additional funding for our defence and security forces and we agree that it is vital to end what the Prime Minister calls – I have to say with a complete lack of self-awareness – an ‘era of retreat’.
“But this is a spending announcement without a strategy. The government has yet again pushed back vital parts of the spending review and there’s no clarity over the government’s strategic priorities.