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!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Pete said...

Excellent question, Karen. It's so sad to see the reports on some of the defence cuts being considered - surely defence is something that we as a nation can't afford to cut any further. We're at war and even if we weren't our position in the world is one where we constantly need our armed forces whether that is to protect our interests or to work with international bodies on peacekeeping operations. I genuinely think defence is the last thing that should be cut at all - because we rely on defence to maintain our position as a free democracy; all those other things we value depend on the work of our armed forces in ensuring freedom.

11:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Article

6:30 pm  

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