Michael Fallon

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We all understand that austerity is never over until we've cleared the deficit. We've done a huge amount of work over the last seven years, getting rid of a large chunk of the deficit, but it's still there. We still have to have fiscal controls, you're still going to see that kind of discipline. We've always made additional money available outside the Barnett formula, through city deals in Scotland and Wales, and we've made additional money available in the last few years to Northern Ireland.feedback
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Jun 27 2017 Northern Ireland
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Michael Fallon is associated, including Carter and EU Army. Most recently, Michael Fallon has been quoted saying: “This is £1bn that will go to improving some investment, improving the infrastructure of the province, growing the private economy of the province, and ensuring its employment rate – which is behind Wales and Scotland – catches up. We all as taxpayers, wherever we are, in England, Wales and Scotland, we all have an interest in Northern Ireland doing better. I saw it described, ridiculously today, as some kind of bung to the DUP. The DUP is not getting this money. The money is going to invest in the people of Northern Ireland.” in the article Michael Fallon defends £1bn DUP deal amid backlash.
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Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

I think you will also see that she will want to work much more closely with the parliamentary party both in the conduct of business and the development of policy.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Northern Ireland

Just because they are agreeing to support us on the economic issues and the big security issues facing this country doesn't mean we agree with them on everything. We don't agree with all their views. We are not in government with the DUP or in coalition with the DUP. They are going to support us on economic and security issues. We do not agree and we do not have to agree with these social issues and I certainly don't.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Immigration

Our view of Brexit I don't think has changed. We want a partnership with Europe, we want an agreement that maximises our access to the single market, comes to an arrangement on immigration, continues the security cooperation we already have with Europe.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Northern Ireland

Everybody wants to see an agreement in the end that does respect what the British people voted for last year.feedback

Jun 08 2017

This is a projection, it's not a result. These exit polls have been wrong in the past.feedback

Jun 08 2017

Let's see some actual results to see if this is borne out - this is a projection, I think you made that clear, it is not a result. These exit polls have been wrong in the past, in 2015 they underestimated our vote. I think in a couple of elections before that they overestimated our vote. So we do need to see some actual results before we interpret this one way or the other.feedback

Jun 03 2017

One minister says they're going to give no more tax rises, indeed possibly tax reductions for the very wealthiest, then they can't answer the question about tax rises for the rest of the population, then they can't answer the questions about funding social care.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - Brexit

You can be sure your tax will go up if you're a higher-rate taxpayer if you stay at home on Thursday. We need every single vote, not simply to show Brussels we're serious about the Brexit negotiations but to underpin the strong economy we've created.feedback

Jun 03 2017

The only way they can be sure their taxes won't rise is to vote Conservative. We already know your tax will go up if you vote Labour on Thursday.feedback

May 28 2017 - Olympic Games

Now with two weeks to go before an election he wants to pretend to voters he will put Britain's security first and will stand up for the country's interests in the Brexit negotiations. His record says otherwise.feedback

May 28 2017 - Olympic Games

Too often he has either ignored the horrendous actions of Britain's enemies as he stands by their side, or worse still sought to excuse their actions.feedback

May 28 2017 - Syria conflict

This is a man who has opposed every piece of anti-terrorist legislation, who does not support our military action in Iraq and Syria – where the RAF are trying to keep us safe, dealing with terrorists who are planning attacks against western Europe and indeed this country. And he has always questioned our nuclear deterrent and indeed our Nato deployments. We would certainly be less safe if Jeremy Corbyn were our leader.feedback

May 14 2017 - Europol

The NHS was not particularly targeted. There were the same attacks applied to Nissan on Friday and in other areas of the economy and indeed around the world.feedback

May 14 2017

The money is coming from the £1.4bn we earmarked for capital expenditure from the autumn statement. It is not new money.feedback

May 06 2017 - Russia

We took steps before the 2015 election to protect our systems against Russian interference including our democratic systems. Those protections remain in place and we will obviously be watching for any of the kind of interference we have seen in continental elections and is alleged to have taken place in the American elections.feedback

May 05 2017 - British elections 2017

(They are) encouraging results but I am cautious about predicating the general election on them.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - NATO

The whole point about the deterrent is that you have got to leave uncertainty in the mind of anybody who might be thinking of using weapons against this country. You will often find some military figures who will prefer to spend more money on conventional weapons than on nuclear ... but it is better to have the deterrent because you cannot be sure that ... nobody might use a weapon against us.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Drones

This is somebody who would certainly put the security of our country at risk. And if you want stronger and stable leadership then it has to be Theresa May and the Conservatives.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - NATO

Yesterday we had the staggering performance of somebody who wants to be prime minister saying he wouldn't necessarily authorise strikes against terrorists. He's against the nuclear deterrent; would stop building the submarines which we have already started building; he wouldn't control our borders; and earlier he has even questioned our Nato deployment. In the most extreme circumstances you can't rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.feedback

Apr 22 2017

We want to transform defence and work with small firms, academics and others to find solutions to the threats to our security.feedback

Apr 21 2017

This substantial investment in missile systems is vital in protecting our ships and planes from the most complex global threats as our Armed Forces keep the UK safe. Backed by our rising defence budget, these contracts will sustain high-skilled jobs across the UK and demonstrate that strong defence and a strong economy go hand in hand.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - NATO

We are sending the strongest of signals that we stick by our friends and we stand united in the face of aggression.feedback

Apr 15 2017

HMS Sutherland is carefully marking these Russian ships as they pass close to UK waters. The Royal Navy maintains a vigilant watch and is always ready to keep Britain safe.feedback

Apr 14 2017

We will absolutely challenge BAE and other suppliers such as Rolls-Royce. They are going to be incentivised to keep the targets and they will suffer if they don't.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Chemical weapons

Did they know that Assad was going to unleash chemical weapons? We have no evidence for that, we don't know whether the Russians were involved at all.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Chemical weapons

By proxy Russia is responsible for every civilian death last week.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Syria conflict

The Americans believed there were no peaceful means of stopping Assad using gas against his population. Given repeated Russian blocking in the UN security council, the US was determined to act. By sending Tomahawk missiles to attack the airfield, aeroplanes and equipment believed to be involved, it has sent a strong signal to the Syrian regime to think twice before using gas in future.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Russia

The people who could stop it are not ourselves but in the end it is Russia who has the influence over the regime who could bring this war to a halt if it chose to do so, and I hope Russia will learn from what happened last night and use its influence against Assad to bring this slaughter to a halt.feedback

Apr 07 2017

We fully support this strike, it was limited, it was appropriate, and it was designed to target the aircraft and the equipment that the United States believe were used in the chemical attack and to deter President [Bashar al-]Assad from carrying out future chemical attacks.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - Gibraltar

The people of Gibraltar have made it clear they don't want to live under the sovereignty of Spain. Gibraltar is going to be protected all the way.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - Gibraltar

We're going to look after Gibraltar. Gibraltar is going to be protected all the way because the sovereignty cannot be changed without the agreement of the people of Gibraltar. It is very important to link trade and security because what we are now looking for is a deep and special relationship that covers both economic and security cooperation. Those two things go together. It is very important that we go on committed to the security of the continent.feedback

Apr 02 2017

The letter refers to our ambition to have a completely new partnership on the economic side but also on security side.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - Single market

We have made it clear that we are leaving the European Union, we are leaving the single market, we are leaving the customs union, and we will no longer be a part of the ambit of the ECJ. But it is also clear that we have to avoid a cliff edge – we need to give businesses the certainty that they need that there won't suddenly be a difference the day after we leave and day before. We will do everything we can to avoid a cliff edge so there will be for some sectors inevitably implementation periods.feedback

Apr 02 2017

You are speculating about the course of the negotiations. We are not expecting to take advantage of the four great freedoms – our object is to regain control of migration.feedback

Apr 02 2017

We are stepping up security because it remains our continent and this is a very uncertain time for Europe and right we should be playing our time on that. We'd all be worse off if there wasn't a deal – we are expecting to have a deal.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

Secretary Mattis and I have agreed that others must now raise their game, and those failing to meet the 2 percent commitment so far should at least agree to year on year real terms increases.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - US Marine Corps

But like any large organisation we, of course, continue to look for efficiencies and all the savings from efficiencies are put back into investment to the new ships, the new planes, the new armoured vehicles that we need.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - US Marine Corps

We have got 7,000 Royal Marines. The actual balance, the number of sailors and the number of marines, that's a matter for the First Sea Lord to keep under review. What I am saying to you is we have 7,000 Royal Marines and it is for the First Sea Lord, who runs the Royal Navy, to look all the time at the balance between marines and sailors, and I have not agreed any cut in the size of the Royal Marines. What we are looking at is the way in which our armed forces work, the different tasks that they have and we are constantly looking to see that they are fit for purpose in what we do.feedback

Mar 31 2017

So if something is no longer needed, if it's redundant, we need to make sure that we can put the savings back into new equipment. That applies to buildings, it also applies to the way we work and the efficiencies we need. The defence budget is the fifth biggest in the world. It's £35bn, £35bn a year. Next week, the beginning of the financial year, it goes up to £36bn, it'll be £40bn by the end of this parliament, it's going up every year.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

Secretary Mattis and I have agreed that others must now raise their game and those failing to meet the 2% commitment so far should at least agree to year-on-year real-terms increases. And increased burden-sharing is not on its own enough. We've also agreed that Nato must modernise and streamline its military structures to ensure faster decision-making and take a 360-degree view of all the security threats that face us.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

Our defence relationship with the US is unprecedented in its depth and scope. As we leave the EU, our bilateral relationships matter more than ever, so we'll be enhancing our cooperation and investing more in our joint F-35 fast jet programme.feedback

Mar 31 2017

The defence budget is the fifth biggest in the world.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - NATO

Together, we will also agree further steps to modernise Nato and ensure greater burden sharing. That means more European members committing to annual increases in their defence spending in order to counter an aggressive Russia and tackle terrorism and cyber threats.feedback

Mar 24 2017

Parliament can't be hermetically sealed. People come in and out all the time. We have visitors, quite rightly, we are the home of democracy. Our constituents see us.feedback

Mar 24 2017

Obviously the security arrangements of the Commons will now be reviewed.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Terrorism

We're also dealing with an enemy, a terrorist enemy, that is not making demands or taking people hostage, but simply wants to kill as many people as possible. This is a new element to international terrorism.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Terrorism

London is getting back to work. London has seen this before and is taking it on the chin.feedback

Mar 23 2017

They have been working right through the night, looking into his background, how he got hold of the vehicle, where the vehicle has been in the last day or two, and who may or may not have helped him.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - NATO

In the face of an increasingly assertive Russia, Nato is stepping up its commitment to collective defence. British troops will play a leading role in Estonia and support our US allies in Poland, as part of wider efforts to defend Nato. Our rising defence budget means we can support those deployments in the long-term and strengthen our commitment to European security.feedback

Mar 06 2017

There is concern about Russian activity in the western Balkans. There is also concern, as you know, in Germany about potential Russian involvement in the German elections just as there has been in other European elections but, yes, the situation in the western Balkans remains extremely fragile. There is a growing body of evidence now that there has been a step change in Russian behaviour and Boris will leave them in no doubt as to our firmness on that.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - NATO

When some of the more ambitious plans were unveiled in Bratislava back in September, it fairly quickly became obvious that Britain was not alone in wanting to avoid duplication with Nato. There was strong support from the Balkan states, the Nordic states, from countries that I call sensible middle of the road countries like the Netherlands. So this is not just Britain.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - NATO

Most of these countries are also members of Nato, they don't want unnecessary headquarters being established and further generals and staff being appointed.feedback

Mar 06 2017

You recall back in autumn there were proposals not just for an EU army but a new European headquarters. We have successfully resisted all of that this morning. There will be no new headquarters, no new general officer. The current director of the EU military staff will be director of the military planning and conduct capability.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Article 50

We are not leaving the European Union when we deliver the article 50 letter. We are not going to be leaving the European Union any time soon. After we leave, it will of course be up to the member states themselves to work out the pace at which they want to integrate further.feedback

Feb 17 2017

We have seen a step-change in Russian military aggression, but also in propaganda, in misinformation and a succession of persistent attacks on Western democracies, interference in a whole series of elections including ... the United States.feedback

Feb 17 2017 - Crimea

We should be under no illusions about the step-change in Russian behavior over the last couple of years, even after Crimea.feedback

Feb 16 2017 - NATO

All members of NATO contributing a fair share of the burden. So other countries need to step up now to meet the commitment to spend two percent that we all agreed back at the Wales summit two and a half years ago. The impatience of the American taxpayer is a reality.feedback

Feb 15 2017 - NATO

We are asking them to commit to an annual increase, which would at least demonstrate good faith. Nineteen members of the alliance don't reach 1.5 percent and five of those 19 don't reach 1 percent.feedback

Feb 11 2017 - Daesh

I hope that isolation will be completed by the spring and then operations to liberate Raqqa itself can begin thereafter. Raqqa is a much smaller city than Mosul but will clearly be defended very vigorously by Daesh and that means the operation to liberate Raqqa has to be very carefully prepared, as the operation for Mosul was. Once Raqqa is liberated after Mosul, we will see the beginning of the end of this terrible caliphate.feedback

Feb 03 2017 - NATO

Today we see a country that in weaponizing misinformation has created what we might now see as the post-truth age. Part of that is the use of cyber-weaponry to disrupt critical infrastructure and disable democratic machinery. Russia is clearly testing NATO and the West. It is seeking to expand its sphere of influence, destabilize countries and weaken the alliance. Therefore it is in our interest and Europe's to keep NATO strong and to deter and dissuade Russia from this course.feedback

Feb 03 2017 - NATO

President Trump has spoken about the need for engagement with Russia – he's right. We need to understand Russia better. There is nothing inevitable about a retreat to the days of the Cold War.feedback

Feb 02 2017

We've made it clear that there's no need for a second referendum.feedback

Jan 25 2017

We will keep a close eye on the Admiral Kuznetsov as it skulks back to Russia; a ship of shame whose mission has only extended the suffering of the Syrian people. We are man-marking these vessels every step of the way around the UK as part of our steadfast commitment to keep Britain safe.feedback

Dec 15 2016 - Daesh

I have no doubt the next administration will step up to its traditional role.feedback

Dec 03 2016

We're planning to buy 20 aircraft that will double our current fleet. We have 10 aircraft that still have some life in them, but we need to think ahead.feedback

Dec 02 2016

There is a conversation going on now about the EU's desire to build a common security and defence policy, new architecture for that. If they want to do that fine ... We are not there to block or to impede further steps towards EU integration.feedback

Oct 04 2016 - NATO

You will also find us doing more with our key partners, especially the United States.feedback

Oct 04 2016

The people have spoken. We have had the referendum and there aren't three Brexiteers in the cabinet, we are all Brexiteers now in the cabinet.feedback

Oct 03 2016 - NATO

Leaving the EU does not mean we are stepping back from our commitment to the security of our continent. We will lead in NATO, the cornerstone of our defense, putting troops onto its eastern border next year. But we will go on blocking an EU Army, which would simply undermine NATO.feedback

Sep 27 2016 - NATO

We are going to continue to oppose any idea of an EU army or EU army headquarters. We agree Europe needs to do more ... but simply duplicating or undermining NATO is the wrong way to do it.feedback

Sep 26 2016 - NATO

There are member states who would like to see…a single set of forces. That looks and sounds to me like a European army and we would oppose that.feedback

Jul 11 2016

They are part of our plan for stronger and better defense, backed by a budget that will rise each year of this decade. That means more ships, more aircraft, more troops available at readiness, better equipment for special forces, more being spent on cyber - to deal with the increased threats to our country.feedback

Jun 15 2016 - Afghanistan

Carter told us the troop numbers and the dispositions are being looked at again.feedback

Jun 14 2016 - Snapchat

Britain will lead one of the battalions. London will send up to 700 troops to the Baltics and Poland. That should send a very strong signal of our determination to defend the Baltic states and Poland in the face of continued Russian aggression.feedback

Jun 14 2016

That's around 500 British personnel rotating on a continuous basis.feedback

Apr 09 2016 - Human Rights

Much of the litigation we face comes from the extension of the European Convention on Human Rights to the battlefield. That has been damaging our troops, undermining military operations, and costing the taxpayer millions that should be invested in defence itself.feedback

Nov 05 2015 - Airbus

Well we can't be certain at the moment but it looks more likely than not that this was a bomb, placed aboard the airliner. ISIL claimed they did it, we have no corroboration of that, so it's impossible to be certain, but we have to take every precaution now given that there are so many British citizens out in Sharm el-Sheikh.feedback

Sep 09 2015

And when we've done that then we'll come to parliament as the prime minister did yesterday and explain the circumstances.feedback

Aug 04 2015 - Iraq

My visit here is to reaffirm UK support in Iraq and we will be taking measures to increase this support. We will assist in the training of Iraqi forces and bomb disposal teams.feedback

May 18 2015

We need a reaction today, to go after the criminal gangs, and to disrupt the trafficking network that means gathering much more intelligence on how these networks are organized and do more to help the countries where the migrants come from.feedback

Feb 05 2015

The Ukrainians are in desperate need of equipment and help and training of all kinds. They face a growing aggression in south and southeast but we are reviewing now what help we can provide.feedback

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