'Defense Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the UK should consider a ‘decisive’ increase in defense spending, in what some commentators say is a clear bid to become the next Tory leader.
Mr Hunt, who is widely seen as the worst ever former NHS Secretary, told the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London that Britain faces new threats and should spend more on defense to support its allies. including the United States whose recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked mass protests that resulted in the deaths of dozens of inocent Palestinian protesters.
“We simply do not know what the balance of power in the world will be in 25 years’ time”, he said.
Adding that any new spending should be used to create “new capabilities and not simply plugging gaps”.
He added: So for these and other reasons I believe it is time for the next Strategic Defence and Security Review to ask whether, over the coming decade, we should decisively increase the proportion of GDP we devote to defence.”
His call comes as new figures from the UK’s largest food bank network showed record numbers of hungry people turning to food banks, whilst a recent report warned that welfare changes will double the number of UK children living in poverty.
Trussell Trust provided 1.6 million emergency food parcels to people in need during the financial year 2018/19, a 19% increase on the previous year.'
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