Defence Chiefs meet Plaid Cymru, SNP & DUP


Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader Elfyn Llwyd MP today (Tuesday) joined the Scottish National Party and the Democratic Unionist Party at a ‘historic’ meeting with the UK’s four Defence Chiefs.

The meeting was attended by Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards; Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope; Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall; and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton, and Mr Nick Harvey MP.

The group discussed a range of issues including Mr Llwyd’s campaign for veterans’ rights, the impact of the Strategic Defence Review (SDSR) on devolved nations, the impact of military redundancies, and procurement issues amongst other matters.

The SNP was represented by Angus Robertson MP and the DUP by Ian Paisley MP.

Following the meeting at the MOD, Plaid’s defence spokesperson Mr Llwyd said:

“This was a very useful meeting – and a historic one. I do not recall anybody from our parties having met with all the UK’s senior military commanders at the MOD in this way before.

“We held an open and frank discussion, and I hope that we will be able to conduct this kind of dialogue in the coming months and years.

“I made the point on veterans’ issues that there were beacons of good practise in existence. However, we desperately need a co-ordinated, holistic approach in providing services throughout all the nations of the UK so that the postcode lottery does not exist in the future.”