Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

14 FEB 2015

A morning at Worthy Down

Winchester MP Steve Brine headed out to Worthy Down this weekend (Saturday 14 February 2015).

Mr Brine and a team of eight spent the morning discussing a range of national issues with constituents living on the predominantly army housing estate.

Steve, who made his maiden speech in Parliament during a key defence debate, said; "By its' very nature Worthy Down sees a heavy turnover of residents so it's always a great chance to meet new constituents when visiting the area. The main topic of conversation was obviously defence policy and there is no question we found anxiety around what a future Strategic Defence and Security Review might bring during the course of the next Parliament. It's been a difficult five years for the coalition as we've battled the £38bn black hole we inherited at the Ministry of Defence in 2010.

"As usual I found a group of highly committed public servants, and their partners, who are exceptionally proud of the work they do for our country and it was a chance to thank them as well. It was a really useful chance for me to listen to views which I want to feedback to my colleagues in Government."

Some key defence facts:

A comprehensive Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) was held in 2010; the first in more than a decade

Steve Brine lobbied hard on behalf of Worthy Down as part of the SDSR and has welcomed £250m Project Wellesley which will transform the site into a modern defence training college

Even after five difficult years and reductions in Government spending, Britain's retains easily the fifth largest defence budget in the world

Britain is currently spending the NATO agreed 2% of GDP on defence. Local MP Steve Brine is lobbying for that commitment to be put into UK law

ENDS ...

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