The Defence secretary speaks on Defending Britain in a more dangerous world


Today Grant Shapps, the Defence Secretary, delivers a major speech to set out his vision for the UK to deter threats, lead among allies and defend the UK.

  • Following last week’s targeted Royal Air Force strikes against the Houthis in Yemen and the announcement of a further £2.5 billion UK support package to Ukraine, the Defence Secretary will today announce that in the first half of 2024, 20,000 service personnel will deploy across Europe to take part in Exercise Steadfast Defender.
  • We will continue to stand with NATO allies and are prepared to defend our nation whenever the call comes.


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