Britain’s defences are strong. Under this government we have chosen to use our hard-earned economic strength to support our armed forces and give them what they need to help keep Britain safe. Our investment is rising year-on-year to tackle the complex, diverse and multiple threats we face. The UK continues to spend the fifth-most on defence in the world, now surpassing France.
I have pushed to increase military spending in real terms and meet NATO’s target for 2% of GDP to be spent on defence. I have also helped to secure military equipment for our armed force. Alongside this commitment to military spending, this government has ensured that 0.7% of GDP is set aside for International Aid. This important aspect of maintaining our status and security cannot be overlooked.
In 2014/15 the UK spent £532 per person on defence and over the next ten years this government will commit to spending £178Bn to defend our country and tackle the threat of extremism. In a more dangerous world, we will protect our people, territories, value and interests, at home and overseas, through strong armed forces and in partnership with allies.