Armed Forces Personnel

Part of Defence – in the House of Commons at on 25 March 2024.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Minister (Defence)

As the former Defence Secretary, Mr Wallace, told the House last January, the Government have “hollowed out and underfunded” the UK military over the last 14 years. That is in large part due to their total failure on armed forces recruitment, and damning new figures show that over the last decade, 800,000 people who were willing to serve and defend their country simply gave up and withdrew their application. The current Defence Secretary says that the recruitment system is “ludicrous”, and the organisation running it got called the wrong name by Mr Francois, but where is the plan to fix this? It is not working.