Ukip makes defence spending pledge

Published: Monday 23rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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Ukip is pledging to pump £3 billion a year more into military budgets to stay in line with the 2% Nato target for defence spending.

The party’s economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn will taunt Tories who have been demanding David Cameron commit to the target for the next parliament.

The intervention comes as Ukip tries to get its general election campaign back on track after a series of controversies.

A disciplinary panel is expected to decide the fate of MEP and parliamentary candidate Janice Atkinson later after her chief of staff was filmed apparently asking for an inflated invoice to claim on European expenses.

Leader Nigel Farage insisted yesterday that he had a track record of “getting rid” of members who were guilty of wrongdoing.

At an event in Manchester Mr Farage and senior colleagues will set out Ukip’s plans for the economy.

Mr O’Flynn will say: “It is astonishing to think that Ukip goes into this election as the only party offering the British people a policy of meeting the Nato requirement of 2% of GDP being spent on defence.

“It is equally astonishing to behold three other so-called mainstream parties, and in particular the Conservative Party, eagerly chaining themselves to a GDP target for foreign aid giveaways while grievously neglecting the first duty of government; defence of the realm.

“Over the course of the next parliament, our public spending plans will allow for cumulative extra spending on defence of more than £16 billion compared to Government spending plans.

“That is an annual average of more than £3 billion of extra spending on our armed forces.

“So we will make sure that our great country holds true to its magnificent armed services personnel and to the defensive alliance that has helped guarantee its liberty and peace across most of Europe since the Second World War.

“But we will not allow it to be absorbed into a failing political union that lacks democratic legitimacy or genuine emotional affiliation among populations across most of its territory and most particularly here in Britain.”

Published: Monday 23rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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