Ukraine: UK and NATO Military Commitment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:40 pm on 20th June 2022.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield 3:40 pm, 20th June 2022

Is it not the truth that the Government have been caught out? Systematically, over 10 years, they have been running down our defence capacity. Ten years ago, I said there was a real danger in reducing our overall strength to fewer than 100,000 men and women. The fact of the matter is that we have to send a message to President Putin that we will invest in our defence and increase the number of people in our defence forces, and that we will, in future, take the defence of this country seriously.