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Michael Fallon MP

Defence Secretary

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  • = 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
  • 10:25 Michael Fallon: No knee-jerk response to Isis threat On air

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

      Michael Fallon said a terror attack on the UK was now more likely. "We certainly want the public to be vigilant. It also means we need to be more vigilant in guarding public buildings, in raising the readiness of our armed forces and ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 29th August
  • 17:20 In Brief Events

    17:20 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron chairs an emergency COBR meeting on the UK's response to the situation in Iraq and Syria Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (15.40), natural environment minister Lord de Mauley (10.45) and shadow environment mi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 12th August
  • 12:40 Michael Fallon: RAF fighters will give UK better picture of Iraqi refugee situation On air

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

    Michael Fallon outlined UK action to help refugees in Iraq. "So far as the United Kingdom is concerned we've made two successful drops in the early hours of this morning and both of those drops helped to keep several thousand people in f... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 8th August
  • 13:10 Michael Fallon: UK will support US in providing humanitarian relief in Iraq On air

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

      Michael Fallon said the UK would support the US government in providing humanitarian aid to Iraq, following a terrorist takeover in the north of the country. “We welcome what the Americans are doing now to, in particular, to bring h... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 4th August
  • 14:16 Michael Fallon: More could be done to improve treatment of war veterans On air

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

    Michael Fallon said the Government could “always do more” to improve the treatment of war veterans.   “We have the military covenant now, which binds government and parliament to look after our veterans and make sure that they are proper... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 31st July
  • 08:00 Michael Fallon: Govt committed to 2% GDP spending on defence until 2015 On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon said the Government was committed to spending 2% of GDP on defence, but refused to be drawn on the Conservatives' spending plans after 2015. "We’ve made the commitment to 2% - we are now spending 2% this year, we're going ... Continue to article

  • = 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.”

  • 14:39 MOD: UK commits to major Polish exercise in support of eastern European allies Press Release

    14:39| Press Release

    MOD press release UK COMMITS TO MAJOR POLISH EXERCISE IN SUPPORT OF EASTERN EUROPEAN ALLIES The UK will send a full battle group comprising 1,350 personnel and more than 350 armoured and other vehicles to a major military exercise in... Continue to article

  • 12:18 Lobby:No 10: UK must accept some pain from fresh Russia sanctions Lobby Briefings

    12:18 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street has said the Government wants European Union ambassadors to agree further sanctions against Russia over the MH17 in coming days. The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said this morning that Britain would be pushing for the EU ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 23rd July
  • 08:30 Michael Fallon: There is no equipment being sold to Russia that could be used in Ukraine On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | BBC Radio Kent Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon said the UK has one of the strictest arms sales policies in the world and has suspended all export licenses to Russia as a result of the Ukraine crisis. “We do not export arms to the Russian armed forces or any equipment t... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 17th 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 Thursday 24th April
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  • = Key Development Thursday 10th April
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  • = Key Development Wednesday 9th April
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  • = Key Development Thursday 27th March
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  • = Key Development Thursday 20th March
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  • = Key Development Friday 14th March
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  • = Key Development Sunday 9th March
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  • = Key Development Monday 17th February
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  • = Key Development Friday 31st January
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  • = Key Development Friday 24th January
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  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd January
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  • = Key Development Friday 17th January
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  • = Key Development Thursday 16th January
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  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th January
  • 13:37 News

Stories involving Michael Fallon

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.


Labour's Eric Joyce has released a statement saying he had "the highest respect for the public" after he was criticised for claiming voters were "liars". Conservative deputy chairman earlier said Mr Joyce had shown "contempt for the electorate" with his remarks.


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.