Why Gosport votes Tory

Ben West  |  21 June 2016

What does the Royal Navy mean to me? Microwave chips and turkey dinosaurs. That is what my six year old brother and I lived on for a lot of the nine months my Dad spent in the south Atlantic while my mum was heavily pregnant with my youngest brother. It means other things too. Birthday …

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Your party needs you

Rowan Ree  |  29 April 2016

Last time I wrote an article on defence it started ‘the first duty of government is to protect its citizens’. This may sound like a statement of the obvious until you consider how low a priority defence has become in British politics. Ipsos MORI’s Issue Index tracks how important voters consider different issues. Defence is usually …

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Politics is a team sport

Jacqui Smith  |  23 November 2015

The unsung hero of the shadow frontbench is undoubtedly Rosie Winterton, the chief whip. It was clear from the time that Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader on a platform of policies at odds with many in the parliamentary Labour party that whipping would be a constant tightrope. As a former chief whip myself, I …

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Britain in a perilous world – the strategic defence and security review we need

Stephen Beer  |  2 September 2015

The singular lack of a credible defence and security strategy did not feature in the general election campaign. Neither of the two coalition partners had much to say about defence and Labour was no better. The central reason was that all parties were focused on spending cuts. In the case of the Conservatives and Liberal …

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After Afghanistan

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  16 January 2014

2014 is the last year of British military involvement in Afghanistan and the end of a long phase of ‘nation-building’ efforts since 9/11. While David Cameron has unconvincingly declared ‘mission accomplished’, in reality the next Labour government will wrestle with an agonising set of dilemmas about the UK’s future involvement in stabilising failed and failing …

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Foreign concepts

Greg Falconer  |  21 September 2012

In times of global uncertainty, the ideas market becomes flooded with new paradigms to explain the seemingly unexplainable. Bestsellers lists are filled with innumerable tomes promising to help decision makers understand everything from the rise of China to the Arab Spring and the information revolution. To develop a successful foreign policy these days, the argument …

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Another aircraft carrier U-turn

Nick Smith MP  |  20 March 2012

Yet more bad news regarding Britain’s beleaguered aircraft carrier programme. We read in yesterday’s Guardian that the defence secretary has recommended a U-turn on the decision to replace the planes to be flown from the carrier. This news comes as HMS Illustrious is forced to return home for repairs, leaving Britain without an operational aircraft …

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Fighting the enemy within

Hazel Blears  |  9 December 2011

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!” But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot; Rudyard Kipling Earlier this year a young man walked into my constituency surgery – his name is Neil Blower. Neil is a former soldier, and I thought he might be …

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I Vow To Thee My Country

Paul Richards  |  11 November 2011

One of the most shameful things I’ve ever done was to write a school essay, aged nine or 10, arguing that Remembrance Sunday should be scrapped. My case, from memory, was that it all happened a long time ago, and we shouldn’t dwell on the past. My teacher wrote a rather terse red-inked rejoinder at …

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Upholding our side of the military covenant

Nick Smith MP  |  10 November 2011

The brave men and women who take the ultimate risks for our safety, freedom and way of life in far flung regions of the world deserve the support from their nation when they need it most. This is the basic principle behind the military covenant, an undertaking at the forefront of our minds as we …

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