Karl's comment on the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP’s request to spend more on counter-terrorist capabilities and drones on the day he visits RAF Waddington

“The Prime Minister is quite right to call for the upcoming defence review to give particular consideration to tackling the threat of extremism as part of ensuring Britain’s long-term security.


“We must always put the national security of our Country first. That’s why it is right that we spend at least two per cent of our GDP on defence because this investment helps to keep us all safe. It has only been possible to spend this amount on our Forces because of the difficult decisions we have made to ensure a strong and secure economy.


“Now we know how much we will spend, what matters next is how we spend it. The Prime Minister has tasked the Defence and Security Chiefs to look specifically at how we can do more to counter the threat posed by groups such as Daesh and those who support and are involved in Islamist extremism. This could include more spy planes, drones and action by our Special Forces.


“In the last five years, we have seen just how vital these assets are in keeping Britain safe and protecting our peaceful, democratic and tolerant way of life for all of us now, and in the future for our children and grandchildren.”


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