Tory rivals challenge Boris Johnson on defence spending after he ditches manifesto pledge

6/28/2022 10:32:00 PM

Tory rivals challenge Boris Johnson on defence spending after he ditches manifesto pledge

Tory rivals challenge Boris Johnson on defence spending after he ditches manifesto pledge

The Prime Minister will push Nato allies to increase the target for defence spending above its current level of 2 per cent of GDP

The Prime Minister will this week challenge other Nato leaders to increase thespending targetabove its current level of 2 per cent of GDP at the alliance’s summit in Madrid.But he has ditched a promise to raise Britain’s own defence spending by 0.5 per cent faster than inflation each year. A senior Government source said: “The manifesto was written before £400bn had to be spent locking people up for their own safety because of the global pandemic. There is a reality check on things that were offered in a different age.”

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The Prime Minister will this week challenge other Nato leaders to increase the spending target above its current level of 2 per cent of GDP at the alliance’s summit in Madrid. But he has ditched a promise to raise Britain’s own defence spending by 0. 28/06/2022 07:53am BST.5 per cent faster than inflation each year. One veteran Tory took aim at the likes of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid who are believed to have ambitions to replace the Prime Minister. A senior Government source said: “The manifesto was written before £400bn had to be spent locking people up for their own safety because of the global pandemic. There is a reality check on things that were offered in a different age.

” Mr Johnson claims that the UK is now spending 2. And when it does come to a leadership contest they will be told that they have shown no leadership at all.3 per cent of its GDP on defence but that is contradicted by Nato’s own data , which say the true figure is 2.1 per cent. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, both seen as contenders for the Tory leadership, have called for the budget to rise as high as 2. Without that, this [leadership threat] doesn’t go anywhere any time soon.5 per cent.

Mr Wallace said on Tuesday: “If governments historically responded every time the NHS has a winter crisis so must they when the threat to the very security which underpins our way of life increases. For too long defence has lived on a diet of smoke and mirrors, hollowed-out formations and fantasy savings when in the last few years threats from states have started to increase.” Ms Truss told the Commons foreign affairs committee she agreed with the Defence Secretary and added: “The free world did not spend enough on defence post the Cold War and we are now paying the consequences.” More from .