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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.


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.