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Part of Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:54 pm on 1st November 2017.

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Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Conservative, Aldershot 2:54 pm, 1st November 2017

I shall make some progress before I give way.

A few years ago, the Leader of the Opposition said:

“I would like us to live in a world where we spend a lot less on defence.”

In 2015, he said:

“Why do we have to be able to have planes, transport aircraft, aircraft carriers and everything else to get anywhere in the world?”

Shortly after that, he said:

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every politician around the world, instead of taking pride in the size of their armed forces, did what the people of Costa Rica have done and abolished their army”.

What a disgraceful indictment of the Leader of the Opposition’s attitude.