7th Infantry Brigade reaches "Full Operating Capability"

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

Armed forces job cuts reach target three years early

"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

British Army appoints first ever female major general

"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

Fury as military splashes £120m on staff cars and owns 15 golf courses

"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

Vernon's Statement on Armed Forces Day

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.

Armed Forces Day

Vernon celebrated Armed Forces Day by attending the national parade in Guildford. He joined 30,000 people on the streets of the city to show his support and appreciation for the efforts of our service personnel.  Continue reading

Raising the Flag for Armed Forces Day

Vernon was honoured to be present for the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag at Gedling Borough Council today. He is pictured below with Gedling Mayor Meredith Lawrence and army veterans.       Continue reading

Paris Air Show

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.

Vernon reappointed as Shadow Defence Secretary

Harriet Harman has confirmed the members of her Shadow Cabinet, who will serve until the Labour leadership election in September. Continue reading