All 18 results for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Leo Docherty

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) for securing this important debate. I must start by saying that my constituency will be at the heart of any discussion of defence capability. Aldershot, the home of the British Army and with a significant garrison, welcomes some of the specialised infantry battalions that will be formed in response to the SDSR 2015. In...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: Absolutely; I am very grateful for that intervention. What is impressive, when travelling to the Gulf—

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: I will gladly afford the Minister the opportunity to listen. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Robert Courts). When travelling in the Gulf, as the Minister and others will know, it is reassuring that they recognise the tangible commitment to our collective security. There is a return on the investment that is more than the value of the vessel itself. I hope that that...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. We should have the confidence to double down on those relationships. BAE Systems successfully supplied the Typhoon to our allies in Saudi Arabia, and it has been very effective operationally. We heard recently that BAE Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state of Qatar for 24 Typhoon aircraft. I hope that more exports can be achieved...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: If it would be of use to him, the hon. Gentleman might apply to the Ministry of Defence for a useful fact sheet that it has provided to me. It clearly states that as of 2016 our defence budget was £34.3 billion, but that by 2020 and 2021 it will be £39.7 billion. How is that a cut?

Iran (16 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: The Minister is right to say that even those who support the deal have grave misgivings about Iran’s malign regional attitude. The Iranians themselves boast of dominating four Arab capitals, and they are actively and often violently seeking to undermine important regional allies of this country. What practical steps are being taken, with our allies, to address and counter that threat?

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: Thank you very much for your chairmanship today, Sir Roger. I thank the Minister for responding and all colleagues who have taken the time to come and contribute today. The Romans were fond of saying, “If you wish for peace, you must prepare for war”, and I will be conclude by saying that I am confident that this Government and her Ministers will allow our great country to do just...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: I beg to move, That this House has considered the future shape of the armed forces. As the new Member for Aldershot, the traditional home of the British Army, I am honoured to lead the debate. In the limited time I have, I will touch on the nature of current threats and dwell for a little longer on my central point, which is that our people—our servicemen and women—must be at the...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: I share my hon. Friend’s concern. I think we all agree that the internet has now been weaponised to an extremely alarming degree. That should be at the heart and centre of our defence strategy. I imagine the Minister will take the opportunity to address that. We face today the simultaneous threats of state-on-state conflict and global terrorism. We are facing down those threats with our...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: If my hon. Friend is unsure of the meaning of my remarks, I am saying that mass is important—we absolutely need a very large and potent armed forces—but the lesson of the past 15 years in Iraq and Afghanistan is that we may get counter-productive results if we engage without the politics being right, as he will see from the remainder of my remarks. It is only when we engage and...

Counter-Daesh Update (13 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: The role of the British armed forces in mentoring and training our Iraqi allies has been critical to the success of the operation. What plans do we have for continuing that support to the Iraqi military into the future?

Balancing the Public Finances — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: The Labour party manifesto had some rather alarming plans for renationalisation, which would have cost more than £100 billion. Can the hon. Gentleman tell us how that would be paid for?

Export Licensing: High Court Judgment (10 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: I have had the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia and visit the targeting centre in Riyadh, where targets in Yemen are allocated. Does the Secretary of State agree that as well as exporting hardware, we export a doctrine of responsible use, which, at the end of the day, saves lives?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Former Military Personnel: Depression and Suicide (10 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: The role of all three services of the British armed forces in the liberation of Mosul in Iraq in recent days must be commended. Will the Secretary of State tell me what plans we have for further involvement in Iraq and whether he agrees that the British Army has a crucial role in mentoring and training the Iraqi forces, who are a hugely important ally?

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: Thank you for the opportunity to speak, Mr Davies. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for Filton and Bradley Stoke (Jack Lopresti) for securing this important and timely debate, which is testament to his long-standing interest in Kurdistan. I will be brief and restrict myself to two main points. First, Iraqi Kurdistan is and should continue to be an important strategic ally of the United...

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: I agree with my hon. Friend. The issue is not only about arming, but about protecting and providing facilities. We are still living with the legacy of the unintended consequences of the 2003 liberation of Iraq and the end of Saddam’s tyranny. One of the most important unintended consequences is the fact that Iran is strategically dominant: the presence of Iran-backed Shi’ite...

The Prime Minister Was Asked--: Engagements (28 Jun 2017)

Leo Docherty: As the Member for Aldershot, the home of the British Army, I was deeply alarmed to hear of the Leader of the Opposition’s reported announcement at the Glastonbury festival that, if in power, he would abandon Trident and utterly undermine the security and safety of our country. Does my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agree that it is only her Government and the Conservative party...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Leo Docherty: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Stephen Lloyd), and I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont) on his very fine maiden speech. When Her Majesty Queen Victoria granted permission to her military command in 1854 to establish a permanent training camp for the British Army at the village of Aldershot,...


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