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Boris Johnson agrees £16bn rise in defence spending | Defence policy

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Announcement comes after ministers resisted spending extra money on free school meals in holidays. Boris Johnson has agreed a four-year £16.5bn surge in defence spending at a time when Britain’s public finances have been stretched by the pandemic and a day after it emerged that billions of pounds could be cut from the foreign aid budget. Experts said the windfall represents the largest real-terms increase in the defence budget since Margaret Thatcher’s premiership and will be partly spent on a National Cyber Force of hackers and a new Space Command designed to protect orbiting satellites and launch its own rockets. It comes weeks after ministers resisted spending extra money to fund free sch...

Boris Johnson agrees £16bn rise in defence spending

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Announcement comes after ministers resisted spending extra money on free school meals in holidays Hackers HQ and Space Command: how UK defence budget could be spent GCHQ monitors a mock cyberattack scenario. The rise in defence spending will go fund cyber defence and a Space Command as well as more conventional army technology. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP GCHQ monitors a mock cyberattack scenario. The rise in defence spending will go fund cyber defence and a Space Command as well as more conventional army technology. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP Wed 18 Nov 2020 22.30 GMT Last modified on Thu 19 Nov 2020 07.25 GMT Boris Johnson has agreed a four-year £16.5bn surge in defence spending at a ...

Priti Patel is all for 'personal responsibility' – unless you're home secretary | Priti Patel | The Guardian

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Her behaviour has prompted the prime minister’s adviser on standards to quit. Maybe he’s the only one who has any? Home secretary Priti Patel arriving at a cabinet meeting in London, September 2020. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images Home secretary Priti Patel arriving at a cabinet meeting in London, September 2020. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images Fri 20 Nov 2020 13.24 GMT Last modified on Fri 20 Nov 2020 18.39 GMT “S tandards in public life” has become such a preposterous phrase in Boris Johnson’s government that the prime minister’s adviser on standards has this morning resigned . Sir Alex Allan informed the prime minister that Priti Patel’s behaviour had breached the ministeria...