Reports of the selling off of HMS Ocean for just £84million after it has recently undergone a refit is bad news for Plymouth to start 2018. The Conservatives have boasted about being the party of defence while continued reports show they plan the sale of our warships and the slashing of numbers in the Royal Navy.
Conservative MPs like Johnny Mercer need to come clean with voters that it is his Government that is selling Devonport-based ships and it is his Government that is putting jobs in Plymouth at risk.
As a city we cannot allow Conservative Ministers to proceed with proposals to scrap HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and cut the Royal Marines. Labour opposes these cuts and we are fighting them all the way. As a city with a proud military history people would be right to expect much better from this Conservative Government.