John Healey MP: Labour’s Defence Policy After the Invasion of Ukraine

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An address by The Rt Hon John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, on the Labour Party’s vision for UK defence and security policy as we approach the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine.

The implications of global events, from COVID-19 to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have arguably created an economic and security environment less favourable to delivering the government’s Integrated Review’s vision and desired capabilities, raising important short-term operational questions and longer-term challenges around how the UK recalibrates its security, strategy and defence planning.

In his speech, Mr Healey will discuss how a future Labour government would tackle its defence priorities. He will examine how the UK should remedy what he sees as flaws in the Integrated Review, outline the Labour Party’s vision for defence, and share his broader thinking on the required changes and adjustments in European security.

The address will be chaired by Lucy Fisher, RUSI Associate Fellow and Chief Political Commentator, Times Radio.

Speaker's Biography

The Rt Hon John Healey MP was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Defence in April 2020, having previously served as Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and as Shadow Secretary of State for Health. He held various ministerial roles during the last Labour government, including Minister of State for Housing and Planning. He was first elected MP for Wentworth in 1997, and currently represents the Wentworth and Dearne constituency.

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This event will be held in-person at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED, and online'.

Refreshments will be available from 17:30 GMT for those attending in person.

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