MP’s from across the political spectrum have spoken out against speculated cuts to the Royal Navy amphibious fleet today during a debate at Westminster Hall.
Johnny Mercer, Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View threatened:
“There is a resilient cohort of conservative MPs who will hold them [government] to account on defence.”
Member of Parliament for Bridgend Madeleine Moon said:
“We will not, and cannot, sit by and be silent whilst the Navy is hollowed out.”
Member of Parliament for Witney & West Oxon Robert Courts said, regarding amphibious capability:
“For us to lose it, it would remain very difficult for us to remain a global player and a NATO partner.
If Britain withdraws from its ability to project amphibious force, we will be waking up in a different country.”
Martin Docherty-Hughes, Member of Parliament for West Dunbartonshire said:
“Albion and Bulwark are strategic assets which other nations rely upon and getting rid of this command and control capability would be nothing short of of an abdication of that responsibility and undermine UK leadership.”
Remarking upon the cross party agreement on this topic, another MP noted:
“Everyone who has made a contribution this morning is of a firm view that the defence of this country requires an amphibious capability.”
Harriet Baldwin Minister for Defence Procurement, giving the Government reply said:
“The UK amphibious capability represents a vital component of our power projection capabilities.”