Deputy PM Oliver Dowden Dismisses Claims UK is Not War Ready


Progress Against Rising Threats

Deputy PM Oliver Dowden has refuted claims by ex-Defence Ministers that the UK is not prepared for war, stating that the country is making good progress against rising threats.

Concerns Addressed

Outgoing Armed Forces minister James Heappey had urged the government to prepare for conflict, highlighting that the country was lagging behind in terms of equipping for wartime.

Taking Action

Dowden emphasized that the UK is actively addressing the escalating threats posed by hostile states such as Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China. He acknowledged that while there is room for improvement, progress is being made.

Preparation for War

Former Defence Minister Ben Wallace also raised concerns about complacency within those in power, stating that some were "relying on just hoping everything will go away". However, Dowden asserted that the government is not taking this approach and is actively working to enhance the country's defense capabilities.

Largest Defense Investment Since Cold War

A government spokesman highlighted that £24 billion has been allocated for defense between 2020 and 2025, marking it as the largest sustained increase in defense spending since the end of the Cold War. This investment underscores the government's commitment to bolstering the UK's defense capabilities in the face of evolving threats.