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March 14, 2010

“This week I attended the funeral of Kingsman Sean Phillip Dawson of the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. It was an incredibly moving service attended by a huge number of people from Stalybridge and surrounding area. The congregation heard how this brave 19 year old soldier had been an outstanding young man, and his sacrifice should make us reaffirm our commitment to support our troops.” Rob Adlard

‘Gordon Brown Was Behind The Cuts In Helicopter Numbers’

The Conservatives first raised this issue in 2005 when he Conservative’s Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox said “the promise that the armed forces could have whatever they need has not been kept” and he warned that Labour’s decision to cut the helicopter budget by £1.4 billion is “the root of many of the problems” British troops face in Afghanistan. David Cameron has called the helicopter shortage “a scandal.” Former Defence Minister Geoff Hoon revealed in leaked letters that Gordon Brown was to blame. In one letter sent in 2004, Hoon warned that, if Brown refused to back down, “We would have to scale back on major equipment programmes.” He went on to claim that the helicopter programme in particular would suffer.

Troops given raw deal on leave from Afghanistan, says David Cameron.

David Cameron has long supported an initiative to allow troops to start their leave during operations only when they arrive back on British soil. He has said troops were receiving a “raw deal” over the two week operational leave as aircraft delays generally meant they lost several days holiday before returning home. A Conservative Party commission led by Falklands hero Simon Weston and author Frederick Forsyth first raised this issue of “lost leave”.

 The Conservatives’ War Cabinet

David Cameron has put together an excellent team to focus on the war if the Conservatives win the election. Sir Richard Dannatt, who has fought for our country and served for forty years in our armed forces is to advise our defence team which will include Liam Fox and William Hague.

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