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Michael Fallon MP

Defence Secretary

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  • = Key Development Monday 15th December
  • 16:07 Fallon accused of informing media before Parliament over next moves in Iraq House of Commons

    Fallon accused of informing media before Parliament over next moves in Iraq House of Commons

    The Defence Secretary was under pressure today to explain to Parliament why he had informed the media on the UK’s position in Iraq, before he had updated the House. Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker rounded on Michael Fallon, accusi... Continue to article

  • 11:57 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    11:57 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: International Development questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Ministerial statement: The Al Sweady inquiry report Ten minute rule motion: Women’s Refuges (Pr... Continue to article

  • 08:10 Story (1 links): Fallon attacks 'intimidating' Putin

    PoliticsHome Fallon attacks 'intimidating' Putin Story View links

    Britain should “prepare for the worst” from Russia and President Putin, the Defence Secretary has told the Sun.

    Michael Fallon attacked the Russian leader for “intimidating” and “threatening” Nato. He said: “I don’t trust Putin at the moment and we have to prepare for the worst.”

  • = Key Development Tuesday 9th December
  • 08:16 Story (2 links): £30m Iraq abuse inquiry exposed lies, says Fallon

    PoliticsHome £30m Iraq abuse inquiry exposed lies, says Fallon Story View links

    An inquiry into claims of British soldiers mistreating Iraqis during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars has cost taxpayers £30m and exposed mostly “barefaced lies”, the Defence Secretary has said.

    Michael Fallon expressed anger over the publication of the findings of the four-year Al-Sweady inquiry, expected this month, The Times reports.

    “These include legitimate cases,” Mr Fallon admitted at a Policy Exchange event last night, but added: “We have seen the lodging of claims on a virtually industrial scale.”

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that the MoD has had 4,000 security breaches in four years due to mistakes by senior staff.

  • = Key Development Thursday 27th November
  • 14:00 Afghan insurgency and poppy crop remain serious threats to the West House of Commons

    Afghan insurgency and poppy crop remain serious threats to the West House of Commons

    Michael Fallon has warned that a stubborn Afghan insurgency and burgeoning poppy crop pose a serious and increasing threat to the West. The Defence Secretary offered his bleak assessment of the progress made in tackling the terrorist thr... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 15:59 Fallon reveals 'a handful' of UK trained Syrian soldiers have applied for asylum House of Commons

    Fallon reveals 'a handful' of UK trained Syrian soldiers have applied for asylum House of Commons

    The Defence Secretary today revealed that a “small handful” of Libyan Service Personnel have claimed asylum in the UK, after receiving military training. Speaking during Defence Questions, Michael Fallon told MPs that of the 328 Libyan s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 9th November
  • 12:09 Michael Fallon: 2014 has been the year of the poppy On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | Sky News Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon said the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq meant that Remembrance Day was “much more real” than in the past. “This has been the year of the poppy. The image of the Tower of London, but also an understanding, I think, of the she... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 5th November
  • 14:10 Michael Fallon: We're going to be stepping up our training effort in Iraq On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | BBC News Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon confirmed that UK military personnel would be assisting with training efforts in Iraq. "We're going to be stepping up our training effort. I can't give you precise numbers. I'm here to evaluate training needs. But there ar... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 4th November
  • 16:32 Lobby:Downing Street: Review will consider training Libyan cadets abroad Lobby Briefings

    16:32 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Number 10 has confirmed that Britain will look at "alternatives" to training Libyan cadets in the UK, after five were charged over sex attacks on local residents. The UK has been training the country’s armed forces in a bid to strengthen... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 13:27 LabourList blog: Tory party splits on show after minister’s ‘swamped with immigrants’ comment News

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    Michael Fallon, the Tory Defence Secretary, is coming under fire for saying that British towns were “under siege” and “swamped” with immigrants. Continue to article

  • 13:23 Peter Bone: Immigration is number one issue on doorstep On air

    On Air | Peter Bone MP | | Sky News Video Peter Bone MP

    Peter Bone said he agreed with the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, that immigration from the EU was putting pressure on public services. “I think Michael Fallon has made his position clear and it’s the Government’s position that we ha... Continue to article

  • 13:00 Damian Green: UK should not pay the EU £1.7bn bill On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green said David Cameron had been “sensible” to refuse to pay a £1.7bn bill from the European Union. “As somebody has pointed out, €2bn, £1.7bn is more than Labour is planning to raise from the mansion tax so it is a significant s... Continue to article

  • 08:11 Michael Fallon: There is no guarantee that Afghanistan will be safe and stable forever On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | BBC Breakfast Video Michael Fallon MP

    Micahel Fallon said there was no guarantee that Afghanistan would be safe and stable forever. "There is no guarantee that Afghanistan will be safe and stable forever. There are a number of failed states around the world but we’ve given i... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 26th October
  • 09:45 Michael Fallon: Taliban remains a problem in Afghanistan despite British withdrawal On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon admitted the Taliban had not been defeated in Afghanistan and as British troops prepare to leave the country, there remains an insurgency. "Let me confirm that at six o'clock this morning the flag came down at Camp Bastion... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 20th October
  • 15:30 Labour calls on MoD to set out 2015 defence review terms House of Commons

    Labour calls on MoD to set out 2015 defence review terms House of Commons

      Labour has called on the Ministry of Defence to set out the criteria for next year's major review of defence spending. The last Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) was carried out in 2010, with a fresh settlement expected i... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
  • 17:10 Michael Fallon: Sending troops to Sierra Leone will protect Britain from Ebola On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | Channel 4 News Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon said sending British troops to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against Ebola would prevent the virus from spreading to Europe and Britain. “We have a very direct interest here and that is why the armed forces are being d... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 9th October
  • 07:49 Michael Fallon: Ebola screening at UK airports would not be effective On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon said screening for Ebola symptoms at British airports would not be effective because it was not possible to track which visitors had been to areas affected by the virus. “The World Health Organization advises that screenin... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 1st October
  • 11:33 Transcript: Justine Greening speech to the Conservative Party Conference Transcripts

    Justine Greening speech to the Conservative Party Conference Transcripts

    Justine Greening speech to the Conservative Party conference: It's brilliant to be here, among friends and colleagues, reflecting on what we've done so far; thinking about the work there is yet to do. In the last four years this gover... Continue to article

  • 11:10 Michael Fallon: 2% defence spending target should continue PoliticsHome News

    Michael Fallon: 2% defence spending target should continue PoliticsHome News

    Britain should maintain its commitment to spend at least 2 percent of national income on defence beyond 2016, Michael Fallon has said. Addressing the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, the Defence Secretary praised the recent "... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 17:30 Michael Fallon: First UK bombs dropped in Iraq On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon confirmed that RAF jets had dropped their first bombs on Iraq since MPs voted to back military action there. "I can confirm that the RAF were in action today in support of the Iraqi government in north west Iraq. Two GR4 T... Continue to article

  • 09:34 Story (2 links): Tories move to block ECHR lawsuits

    PoliticsHome Tories move to block ECHR lawsuits Story View links

    The Defence Secretary has said a future Conservative government would move to block human rights lawsuits against the Ministry of Defence.

    Michael Fallon suggested the effect of ECHR on British law could be "restrained" if the Tories won the next election.

    Mr Fallon told a Total Politics fringe event at the Conservative conference that he was "appalled" by the way human rights law is being used against the Armed Forces.

  • = Key Development Wednesday 24th September
  • 14:45 Michael Fallon: We need Parliament's support on future UK role in tackling IS in Syria On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | BBC News Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon hinted that Parliament may have to be recalled to debate the UK’s role in tackling IS terrorists in Syria.    “The Syria picture is very difficult and whatever we do we have to operate legally and we have to have the autho... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 31st August
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  • = Key Development Friday 29th August
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  • = Key Development Tuesday 12th August
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  • = Key Development Monday 4th August
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  • = Key Development Thursday 31st July
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  • = Key Development Monday 28th July
  • 22:31 Story (6 links): Britain to conduct military exercises in Poland

    PoliticsHome Britain to conduct military exercises in Poland Story View links

    The UK will send 1,350 personnel and over 350 vehicles will conduct military exercises in Poland this autumn in response to concerns over Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, the Defence Secretary has announced.

    Michael Fallon made the announcement during a visit to Warsaw with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond today.

    The operation, known as Exercise Black Eagle, will commence in October and is one of a number of planned NATO manoeuvres taking place throughout the autumn in support of Eastern European allies concerned by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said it was "right that NATO members and partners demonstrate our commitment to the collective security of our allies in Eastern Europe."

    He  said: “I am pleased to confirm our participation in these exercises. In particular, the commitment of a battle group to Exercise Black Eagle shows our sustained and substantial support to NATO’s eastern border.

    “We have a strong opportunity at the NATO summit to discuss how we will continue our response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its destabilisation of eastern Ukraine. The UK is playing a central role and we are not ruling out further enhancements.”

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  • = Key Development Tuesday 15th July
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  • = Key Development Thursday 19th June
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  • = Key Development Monday 16th June
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  • = Key Development Friday 6th June
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  • = Key Development Wednesday 4th June
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  • = Key Development Tuesday 27th May
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  • = Key Development Tuesday 1st April
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Stories involving Michael Fallon

Fallon attacks 'intimidating' Putin

Britain should “prepare for the worst” from Russia and President Putin, the Defence Secretary has told the Sun.

Michael Fallon attacked the Russian leader for “intimidating” and “threatening” Nato. He said: “I don’t trust Putin at the moment and we have to prepare for the worst.”


Tories move to block ECHR lawsuits

The Defence Secretary has said a future Conservative government would move to block human rights lawsuits against the Ministry of Defence.

Michael Fallon suggested the effect of ECHR on British law could be "restrained" if the Tories won the next election.

Mr Fallon told a Total Politics fringe event at the Conservative conference that he was "appalled" by the way human rights law is being used against the Armed Forces.


Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon has been appointed as deputy chairman of the Conservative party. Mr Fallon, who chairs the Treasury select sub-committee, succeeds Lord Ashcroft, who resigned his post earlier this week.


£30m Iraq abuse inquiry exposed lies, says Fallon

An inquiry into claims of British soldiers mistreating Iraqis during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars has cost taxpayers £30m and exposed mostly “barefaced lies”, the Defence Secretary has said.

Michael Fallon expressed anger over the publication of the findings of the four-year Al-Sweady inquiry, expected this month, The Times reports.

“These include legitimate cases,” Mr Fallon admitted at a Policy Exchange event last night, but added: “We have seen the lodging of claims on a virtually industrial scale.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that the MoD has had 4,000 security breaches in four years due to mistakes by senior staff.


Britain to conduct military exercises in Poland

The UK will send 1,350 personnel and over 350 vehicles will conduct military exercises in Poland this autumn in response to concerns over Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, the Defence Secretary has announced.

Michael Fallon made the announcement during a visit to Warsaw with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond today.

The operation, known as Exercise Black Eagle, will commence in October and is one of a number of planned NATO manoeuvres taking place throughout the autumn in support of Eastern European allies concerned by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said it was "right that NATO members and partners demonstrate our commitment to the collective security of our allies in Eastern Europe."

He  said: “I am pleased to confirm our participation in these exercises. In particular, the commitment of a battle group to Exercise Black Eagle shows our sustained and substantial support to NATO’s eastern border.

“We have a strong opportunity at the NATO summit to discuss how we will continue our response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its destabilisation of eastern Ukraine. The UK is playing a central role and we are not ruling out further enhancements.”


Two leading Conservative MPs are to stand against each other next week for the chairmanship of the Treasury Select Committee, according to The Times.