The £24 billion increase in funding by 2024 announced by the Prime Minister for our country’s defence is the largest such investment for more than 30 years.
The funding will not only revitalise British shipbuilding, it will also sustain thousands of jobs in the aerospace supply chain, and create a further 10,000 across the defence industry.
The spending is a significant boost for BAE systems’ Team Tempest and the next generation of combat aircraft being developed in Warton.
The commitment by the Government means the UK will invest in cutting-edge technology, and remain a global leader in domains such as cyber and space and cement the UK’s position as the largest defence spender in Europe and the second largest in NATO.
The jobs created will reflect the expertise and ingenuity of British people and ensure our we maintain vital skills bases across key industries.
The news we now have three vaccines for Covid-19 on the way is finally a sign that this awful pandemic is coming to an end.
We have more than enough vaccines on order to vaccinate the entire country.
Plans are well under way to get the process started in December, so long as the vaccines are granted approval.
We will hear of the plans in the coming days, involving large-scale vaccination centres and GP-led outreach to make sure everyone is contacted. It will be a programme unlike anything we have ever see, and the aim is to have everyone vulnerable, and all those above the age of 50, vaccinated by March.
These vaccines mean we can start to plan ahead, businesses can have some certainty, and we can all look forward to better times ahead.