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Should defence spending rise?

Will defence spending of less than 2 per cent of GDP paint a target on our back? Our panellists battle it out

Our panellists John Baron (left) and Clare Short (right). And a big expensive helicopter. © Echo/newsquest

Should defence spending rise?

Britain’s defence spending has fallen by 13 per cent in real terms (including operations spending) since 2010. The UK is currently meeting Nato’s target of 2 per cent of GDP but, while critics say spending has already fallen too far, neither the Conservatives nor Labour have committed to maintaining this level after the election.

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