Defence and security

Veterans minister Johnny Mercer has been sacked after accusing Boris Johnson of lacking the “moral strength and courage” to keep a commitment to prevent ex-soldiers who served in Northern Ireland from prosecution. Mercer informed Downing Street on Monday of his intention to resign on Wednesday but received a text message on Tuesday from the chief whip, Mark Spencer, informing him...

House of Lords rejects govt’s bid to limit war crimes prosecutions;...

The House of Lords has handed the government a major defeat over their bid to limit the prosecution of war crimes and torture by British soldiers serving overseas. Peers, supported by former military chiefs and led by former Nato secretary...

Johnson breaks election pledge with UK military cut backs – but PM gets another...

Boris Johnson has broken another election promise with today’s announcement of the five year defence review confirming cutbacks to the British army, navy and air force as the British...

Johnson’s Brexit Britain goes nuclear with measures ‘that’d make a dictator blush’

Boris Johnson has unveiled his blueprint to get Brexit-Britain “match-fit” for its future, laying out his government’s foreign policy to the very same chamber debating his alarming plans to...

‘Humanity at tipping point’ warns Attenborough at UN Security Council session chaired by PM

Sir David Attenborough issued a stark warning to world leaders that humanity’s future is at a tipping point in an historic address to the UN Security Council. The nonagenarian broadcaster...

NHS reform will give ministers more power; China bans BBC ‘fake news’

Matt Hancock’s blueprint to reform the NHS, better integrate social care and “do away with irksome bureaucracy” will also hand greater power over the NHS to ministers. Conservatives have broadly welcomed Hancock’s shakeup to the...

No-deal gunboat diplomacy from a prime minister on a ‘runaway train of English exceptionalism’

The Royal Navy has been put on standby to protect British fishing waters from European boats in the event of a no-deal Brexit with four 80-metre armed patrol ships being readied for January 1. Ministers...

Johnson’s £16.5bn defence spending blitz threatens overseas aid budget

The prime minister said the £16.5 billion boost to defence spending will restore the UK as Europe’s top maritime power with massive investment in cyber-warfare, drones, laser weapons and space programmes. It also signals a...

PM puts army on notice and says Covid restrictions could last until March

The British army has been put on notice to deploy on British streets by the prime minister who today announced a tightening of restrictions to try and curb the spread of Covid-19. Boris Johnson said...

Gov’t calls in army to help hit coronavirus test target

The government has called in the military to test essential workers for coronavirus in a bid to hit their 100,000 tests a day target by Thursday. Military mobile units are already operating in some of...