Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Defend Us

At the recent Conservative Conference in Birmingham I had the opportunity to ask Defense Secretary Liam Fox a question on how the cuts will affect our standing on world stage as well as at home:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX_qRotZ3Xw&feature=email

Full transcript of the question I asked as follows:

The past weeks have seen yet more headlines outlining deep cuts to our already severely depleted armed forces. We have also seen a loosening of our commitment to an independent
nuclear deterrent, the proposed reduction of the RAF to its smallest size ever and yet more reductions in the size and capability of the navy and the army. Since the Second World War each conflict our armed forces have been asked to fight in has been radically different to the previous one, each needing the very military capability our political leaders have told us is no longer required.
The primary duty of government is defence of the nation, yet for far too long successive governments have taken the professionalism of our armed forces for granted - and run them into the ground. It cannot be long before inadequate British forces suffer a military defeat; the negative effect on our national psyche and standing in the world would be incalculable. Secretary of State, can you reassure us you will fight for our defense budget?

PS If anyone can find the whole question on You Tube please can you let me know!