Via David Cameron: My radical plan for Britain’s armed forces – Telegraph:

Taking full charge of the issue for the first time, the Prime Minister disclosed that more Chinook helicopters would be made available for British troops in Afghanistan.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph on the eve of the Tory party conference, he pledged that Britain’s Armed Forces would be given “everything that they need” to fight the Taliban.

Even after key spending decisions were made in the coming months, he said Britain would “go on having one of the largest defence budgets in the world”.

He lambasted Labour for leaving his government a “complete car crash” of a defence budget – overspent by £38?billion and with major decisions not taken.

As Secretary of the backbench 1922 Sub-Committee on Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development, I will be taking a close interest in developments with colleagues. It is vital we properly support our armed forces for the missions we ask them to undertake, so I am pleased to read the Prime Minister’s pledge.

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