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We will protect defence spending at 2% of GDP, start 'Careers for Heroes' for those leaving the service, and give £10,000 to new technical graduate recruits

Defence

Liberal Democrats believe that the UK must be able to defend itself and the territories for which it has responsibility, support its neighbours and allies, and engage in humanitarian intervention.

The security challenges the UK faces are shared by our partners and allies in the EU and NATO. The UK is more effective and more resilient when we work closely with those partners.

We will:

  • Reverse the decline in personnel numbers which has happened under the Conservatives.
  • Commit to spending 2% of national income on defence.
  • Strengthen our armed services and address critical skills shortages by recruiting STEM graduates to be armed forces engineers, providing 'golden handshakes' of up to £10,000.
  • Recognise the expansion of warfare into the cybersphere, by investing in our security and intelligence services and acting to counter cyberattacks.
  • Maintain a minimum nuclear deterrent.

Liberal Democrats recognise the vital role the UK's armed forces play in the defence of the nation and believe that it is the role of government to safeguard the interests of service personnel and veterans.

We will:

  • Support the Armed Forces Covenant and ongoing work to support veterans' mental health.
  • Review the current Career Transition Partnership (CTP) with a view to extending its remit to provide free Further or Higher Education for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces for 12 years or more.
  • Improve the quality of service housing by bringing the MoD into line with other landlords, giving tenants the same legal rights to repair and maintenance as private tenants.
  • Challenge the scandal of some veterans ending up homeless when the leave the Armed Forces. As your MP, Chris Coleman will personally champion a 'Homes for Heroes' scheme to provide high quality affordable and social homes for veterans in need.