Candidate calls to maintain defence budget


Defence spending targets should be maintained to meet new national security threats according to the Conservative general election candidate for Louth and Horncastle.

The call from Victoria Atkins follows Typhoons from RAF Coningsby being scrambled twice recently in response to incursions into UK airspace by Russian aircraft.

MPs are due to debate maintaining the defence spending target of two per cent of total national wealth after the general election on Thursday (March 12). Prime Minister David Cameron is still to commit to supporting the defence budget at current levels following the election.

Mrs Atkins said: “The United Kingdom is beset by increasing threats to our security caused by the activities of President Putin and ISIL and the next Conservative government should commit to a two per cent increase in defence spending to meet the threats.

“The first priority of Government is the security of the realm and this constituency has an important role – past, present and future – in providing that defence. It is essential that the likes of Putin and others realise that we have the proper capability to resist his illegal adventures and that we are able and willing to use it.”