Boris Johnson visits Salisbury Plain

Boris Johnson visits Salisbury Plain

Published by Mike Draper at 4:16pm 19th September 2019. (Updated at 8:42am 20th September 2019)

The PM's spent the day meeting with leaders and members of the armed forces.

Mr Johnson arrived by helicopter at an army training ground near Netheravon just after 2.00pm today (19th Sept).

It's his first visit to the area since he became Prime Minister on 24th July.

As a teenager Boris served on Salisbury Plain as a Lance Corporal.

REASON FOR BORIS JOHNSON'S VISIT

He was joined by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Lieutenant General Ivan Jones.

The PM's visit comes on the same day he met with Military leaders at Downing Street.

Boris Johnson has also said he wants to make sure the armed forces are "match fit" in the face of any threat to the UK.

The Prime Minister discussed with military chiefs plans to invest in and modernise our Armed Forces so they are able to meet evolving global security challenges that lie ahead.

RUSSIAN NERVE AGENT ATTACK

Boris Johnson also reflected on last year's horrific novichock poisonings:

"I think what happened in Salisbury was appalling."

"We want Salisbury to move on, and nobody can forget the horror of what happened in Salisbury but it's vital that the town just takes advantage of all the fantastic qualities and amenities it has."

ARMED FORCES FUNDING BOOST

Earlier this month, Chancellor Sajid Javid announced an extra £2.2 billion of funding.

The settlement boosts the defence budget to almost £41.5 billion and represents an increase of 2.6% above inflation, well above the government’s commitment to grow the defence budget by 0.5% above inflation every year of this parliament.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

"I am a Prime Minister who will back our Armed Forces all the way. That is why we are boosting defence spending by £2.2 billion – a 2.6% increase. The recent Spending Review should leave no one in any doubt of our commitment to maintaining a world-class Armed Forces. We continue to exceed our NATO commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence, and remain the largest NATO defence spender in Europe."

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