James Sunderland backs the Prime Minister on taking the review back to first principles and seeks reassurance from the PM that people affected by any restructuring will be looked after.
James Sunderland highlights the opportunities membership of the Commonwealth has to offer and calls for an informal resolution for the eight Fijian veterans who lost their court battle to stay in the UK and for all foreign and Commonwealth soldiers serving in our armed forces to be offered the right to remain in the UK.
James Sunderland backs the Bill which enshrines the police covenant into law, increases the maximum penalty for assaults against emergency workers and ensures criminal courts have sufficient sentencing powers. He particularly welcomes the inclusion of specific measures on the desecration of war memorials.
James Sunderland backs the Government’s position on the Lords Amendments to the Bill but calls on the Government to consider a Lords compromise which would enable victims of a crime committed by an undercover officer to be able to access compensation where appropriate.
James Sunderland seeks assurance from the Government that current glitches with trade between the UK and the European Union are just teething problems and that the EU can be convinced to honour all protocols to ensure seamless free trade.
James Sunderland calls on the Government to use the Integrated Review to define the UK’s strategic role in the world; with better alignment of UK foreign and defence policy, enhanced defence expeditionary capabilities and a comprehensive defence industrial strategy to support our defence manufacturing sector.