‘Deterrence in the twenty-first century’



Defence Committee’s report underlines importance of the concept of deterrence to future UK security – Vernon Coaker


Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the publication of the Defence Select Committee’s report into ‘Deterrence in the twenty-first century’, said:


“The Defence Committee’s report underlines the importance of the concept of deterrence—both conventional and nuclear—to future UK security.


“The report is right to raise important concerns around the impact of Government Defence policy on our allies’ perceptions of UK capabilities, as well as echoing the serious questions around cyber defence that Labour has asked.


“As remarked on recently by the MoD Permanent Secretary, it is clear that this Government undertook their Defence Review with insufficient evidence. In contrast, we are clear that a future Labour SDSR will be both strategically ambitious and fiscally realistic.”