North East Fife’s Member of Parliament Sir Menzies Campbell has described the decision announced by the Defence Secretary not to retain RAF Leuchars as “fundamentally wrong, strategically inept, and likely to increase the risk to our citizens”.
Speaking during the statement by the Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox on Defence Transformation, the Liberal Democrat MP also questioned whether the decision was taken against the advice of senior RAF commanders.
Sir Menzies said:
“I cannot support the decision not to retain Leuchars in my constituency as an RAF base because I believe it to be fundamentally wrong, strategically inept, and likely to increase the risk to our citizens.
“Can he confirm that his decision to discontinue Royal Air Force use at Leuchars was taken against the advice of senior commanders of the RAF?
“Finally, the proposals for use of Leuchars by Army lack dates, detail and substance. What cast iron guarantee can he give that these promises will be kept and the money for them found?”