The shadow defence secretary, John Healey (photo), has said Labour would apply a 'NATO test' to all major defence projects in its hypothetical first one hundred days of government.
The UK must keep check of its own obligations to the NATO alliance in full, an MP has said. A fundamental reform to the Ministry of Defence’s "broken" military procurement system must be fixed.
It comes after questions over UK's shrinking military and defence cuts.
Mr Healey said: “This government’s broken military procurement system has wasted taxpayers’ money. They risk leaving our Armed Forces without the equipment and troops they need to fight and fulfill our NATO obligations.
“Our ‘NATO test’ will be the foundation for Labour government action to ensure Britain meets our obligations to the Alliance in full as the cornerstone of our collective security.
“Labour will make the UK a leading voice in Europe on collective security and defence.
"This is our unshakeable commitment to NATO in action.”
UK Ministers plan to cut another 10,000 troops from the British Army, leaving it the smallest since the Napoleonic era.
In March last year, the Defence Select Committee explained the Army would be "hopelessly under-equipped" in "obsolete armoured vehicles".
There has also been a delay to the E-7 Wedgetail sentry planes, which ministers have claimed would "transform" the UK's commitment to NATO.
Indecision has also abounded about the procurement of Naval support ships designed to support the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.
HMS Prince of Wales is the flagship for NATO’s rapidly deployable Response Force.
…Britain has no money for its own army. However, London still has huge global interests. How is Britain going to defend them?
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