Farron: “damning” evidence that Labour neglected Armed Forces

A memo released by the Iraq Inquiry today by Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Houghton, then-Chief of Joint Operations at the military’s Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) to Ministers, shows that Labour ministers were formally warned that the military needed an alternative to the Snatch Land Rover in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tim Farron, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs & Defence, comments:

This is yet another damning sign that the Labour Government ignored advice from its top military officials on their equipment needs. “As we long suspected, generals told ministers that they needed better equipment to protect their troops and to prevent more casualties. For years the Army had to make do with adding extra protection to their existing, unsuitable vehicles.

“This is unacceptable in any situation and led to unnecessary casualties. I look forward to working with my Coalition colleagues to put these kind of indefensible practices behind us by making sure our brave soldiers are properly equipped.”

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5 Comments

  • i will never vote liberal again ! not even the prefrence vote in scotland labour first greens second scottish socailist third solidarity fouth and so on

  • We spend absolutely staggering amounts on the military. Defence is probably the most bloated, mismanaged part of the public sector yet military chiefs seem to be beyond criticism. Pieties about ‘our brave boys’ don’t disguise the manifest absurdities and inefficiencies of our military spend. We have more admirals than we have ships for chrissakes.

    The real story is that the MOD needs to learn how to manage their budgets effectively.

  • sop why is the coalition to cut the military by 30,000

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