Edward Leigh offered his condolences to the family and relatives of the RAF pilot killed in the Red Arrows during Prime Minister’s Questions today (9 November 2011). “In joining me in giving our condolences to the relatives of the Red Arrows pilot killed at RAF Scampton yesterday,” Edward Leigh, whose constituency includes RAF Scampton, asked, “will the Prime Minister acknowledge the overriding need for safety, and that our campaign to save RAF Scampton from closure is not just based on sentiment for the historic home of the Dambusters but on the overriding need for the kind of safe, uncluttered skies above north Lincolnshire which the Red Arrows need to practice safely.”
“I’m sure the hearts of everyone in this House go out to the family of the pilot who was killed in this terrible accident,” David Cameron responded. “It comes on top of a second accident that happened in the Red Arrows and this has obviously been a very tragic time for something the whole country reveres and loves.” Read the rest of this entry »
The case for retaining the RAF base at Scampton received a boost this week when Edward Leigh, the Member of Parliament for the Gainsborough constituency (in which the base is located) wrote again to the MOD ministerial team seeking a firm commitment on the base’s future. The MP has pressed hard in recent weeks, meeting with relevant ministers and corresponding with them on the retention of RAF Scampton. Read the rest of this entry »
The Ministry of Defence has replied to my letter regarding the future of RAF Scampton, saying that “decisions have not been made on which sites, other than RAF Kinloss, will cease to be RAF bases.”
However, they added that vacated RAF estate will likely be used by units returning from Germany.
The measures to save the country £81bn over the next four years are generally positive. However, I have been vocal in my opposition to a number of cuts which I fear could pose a threat both to Gainsborough and the rest of the country. Read the rest of this entry »