Vernon was privileged to attend a parade today at Chetwynd Barracks marking the "full operational capability" of the new 7th Infantry Brigade. (Photo courtesy of The Nottingham Post) Continue reading
"British army personnel has been cut back by more than 20,000 - three years ahead of target. ... Col Kemp, a commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the BBC News website: "To have already made the cuts by 2015, it shows confusion and targets that don't match up... it doesn't mean it's a good thing."" Continue reading
Vernon's statement in the House of Commons regarding embedded UK troops involved in Syrian air strikes
Following the revelation last week that UK troops embedded with the Canadian and American air forces had taken part in air strikes over Syria, Vernon challenged the Defence Secretary in parliament today over the government's decision to keep this information from the public. Continue reading
"Brigadier Susan Ridge will become the Army's highest ranking female officer in September when she takes over as Director General Army Legal Services (DGALS)." Vernon was very pleased to hear this news and passed on his congratulations to Brigadier Ridge. Continue reading
"The Ministry of Defence was last night under pressure to curb its 'officers' mess culture' after astonishing details of its staff perks emerged. At a time when senior officers are fighting moves to cut the defence budget, the MoD admitted that it is spending £120 million a year maintaining a fleet of cars for staff to use like taxis - and owns 15 golf courses in some of the most picturesque parts of the country". Continue reading
Today across the country people will pause to acknowledge the incredible service and sacrifice made by the Armed Forces community. Our Armed Forces serve in some of the most dangerous areas of the world to defend Britain’s interests and national security with unyielding commitment, professionalism and courage. But the sacrifice associated with military life is rarely endured alone. We must also honour the families of those who serve. Their support to loved ones should never be underestimated. And in this year when we mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, it is a time to remember the individual bravery and collective determination of all our veterans. We are proud of Britain’s Armed Forces and we are committed to working with the Service community, Armed Forces Charities and the Government to strengthen the Covenant between our nation and our service personnel, veterans and their families.
Vernon was delighted to attend the Paris Air Show to meet UK defence firms representing British Industry across the channel. He had the chance to view some impressive military aircraft and spoke with industry experts about the newest technology in the field. As Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Vernon will always keep up to date with the latest developments in military capabilities.