Minister of State for Security Tom Tugendhat MP has reacted to claims the British military needs a ‘proper shake-up’ to refocus its core mission of ‘being a lethal fighting force’.
The Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling responded to claims there is a “woke” and “extremist culture”’ around the British military and the need to focus on ‘being a lethal fighting force’.
Speaking to GB News presenters Eammon Holmes and Ellie Costello, he said: “Well, look, let’s be absolutely clear. We’re seeing huge instability around the world.
“We’ve just spoken about how the Middle East and Royal Naval ships are engaged in actions against the Houthis in the Red Sea. And we know that the vicious war that Vladimir Putin is waging in Ukraine could escalate and is absolutely horrific, costing many, many lives even now.
“This is a time when only our enemies want us to be divided and we have absolutely no time for this – sort of putting ideology before security.
“It is absolutely clear, and let me be totally clear, there is no way we are going to be easing up security requirements for ideological requests. There’s simply not going to happen.
“You know, the British Armed Forces have one purpose and one purpose alone, and that’s to defend the British people and bring death to the King’s enemies. There’s no way we’re going to be putting ideology before security.”
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