James GRAY   Conservative MP for North Wiltshire

2016 09 08 jg pmqs 300During yesterday’s Questions to the Prime Minister, North Wiltshire MP James Gray said that NATO was essential to the defence of the realm, especially Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. He further argued that any politician who did not agree was risking the defence of the country. Mr Gray said:

“In this post-Brexit world NATO is a more important than ever cornerstone of the nation’s defences, particularly article 5, which lays down that an attack on one member is an attack on all. Any politician who will not sign up to that commitment or, even worse, tells NATO to ‘give up, go home and go away’ is recklessly risking the defence of the realm.”

In response, Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May MP voiced her agreement and said that the strength of NATO was based on the commitment to Article 5. She argued that Labour’s defence policy would be damaging to the country. The Prime Minister said:

“We must never forget the importance of NATO. It is the cornerstone of our defence and security, and that strength is based on the fact that all NATO partners have committed to article 5 and to operating on the basis of article 5. Anybody who rejects that is rejecting that security and that defence. They would be undermining not only our national security, but the national security of our allies. What we know from the Labour party is that far from delivering stronger defence, it would cut defence spending, undermine NATO and scrap the nuclear deterrent.”