Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:13 pm on 28th March 2022.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Conservative, Basildon and Billericay 5:13 pm, 28th March 2022

Perhaps for too long, the west has harvested the peace dividend, but there is no doubt that we have entered a new era in the battle for democracy globally. May I urge my right hon. Friend to do what she can within Government not only to make the case for a sustained and substantial increase in defence spending, but to ensure that our soft power capabilities are adequately resourced, for the very simple reason that jaw-jaw should always be preferable to war-war?