RAF LEUCHARS MEETING: “FREE AND FRANK EXCHANGE” WITH MOD

North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell, Iain Smith MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Tavish Scott met with the Minister for the Armed Forces Nick Harvey at the Ministry of Defence this afternoon to put forward the strong case for the retention of RAF Leuchars as the home of northern Britain’s Quick Reaction Alert Eurofighters.

Speaking after the meeting Sir Menzies Campbell said:

“This was a free and frank exchange. We emphasised the strategic case for Leuchars as we have done throughout the debate on the future of RAF bases in Scotland. The Minister and his officials emphasised that not-withstanding speculation to the contrary, no decisions have yet been taken. I particularly drew the Ministers attention to the vital role fulfilled by RAF leuchars in the air defence of northern Britain.

“I also emphasised that the strategic arguments which resulted in Leuchars being assigned as a base for the Eurofighter Typhoon has never been challenged.”

Iain Smith MSP said:

“I am encouraged by today’s constructive meeting with the Minister for the Armed Forces. He listened carefully to the strong case put forward for the retention of RAF Leuchars and while he stressed that no decisions have been made it is clear that the fate of the base is by no means sealed. We will not rest in our campaign to keep it open.”

ENDS

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