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SNP Defence Spokesperson blasts £400m nuclear submarine spend

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Tory Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been accused of “throwing more good money at bad projects” after he announced a £400 million investment for the UK’s nuclear submarine programme.

New shift patterns yet another ‘kick in the teeth’ for MoD police officers

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Stewart McDonald MP, and SNP Spokesperson for Defence, has written to the Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police Force, urging him to reconsider the new shift patters for MoD police officers.

Stewart McDonald MP pledges support to help veterans re-transition into society after prison

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As part of a series of Remembrance events, Stewart McDonald MP attended a Parliamentary session with Care after Combat,the charity working to help prisoner veterans to reintegrate into society after leaving prison, to learn more about its vital mentoring services.

MP leads call for debate on tragic loss of life amongst servicemen and women

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Stewart McDonald MP, and SNP Spokesperson for Defence, called for a debate on the "scandal" that the MoD does not record the rate of suicides amongst former servicemen and women.

Call for clarity following UK Government's "mixed messages" over INF Treaty

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During an urgent Question in the House of Commons, Stewart McDonald MP said the UK Government must not cheerleader the US administration's plans to withdraw from the INF Treaty - and called on all parties to work together to ensure the treaty remains in tact.

Prime Minister did not discuss INF treaty at EU Council

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Following reports that the US is due to to announce it is going to leave the INF Treaty, Stewart McDonald MP, and SNP Defence Spokesperson, asked the Prime Minister if the issue was discussed at the EU Council.

Sack Capita and end MoD "addiction to privatisation", says SNP MP

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Stewart McDonald MP called on the Ministry of Defence to consider cancelling the £1.15 bn worth of contracts it holds with flailing Capita.

Another MoD "Whitehall farce" as outsourcing contracts halted

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SNP MPs have written to Tory Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood following a previous complaint about outsourcing contracts for the Defence Fire And Resource Project.

Capita Defence contract huge risk to taxpayers

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The SNP Defence Team, led by Stewart McDonald MP, sent an official objection to the MoD on their plans to award Capita the contract to run the Defence Fire & Rescue Service, which could cost the taxpayer millions should Capita collapse.

MoD must clamp down on flow of Russian money

Stewart McDonald MP, and SNP Spokesperson for Defence, called on the Secretary of State for Defence to ensure that more is done to clamp down on Kremlin cronies stashing money in London, and across the whole UK.

Government must target sanctions in Syria and strengthen chemical weapons convention

Stewart McDonald MP asked the Secretary of State for International Development if new sanctions in Syria would target the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre, and how the Government plans to strengthen the chemical weapons convention and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

SNP seek assurances over security briefings on Syria

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The SNP’s Defence spokesperson has written to the Prime Minister to raise concerns Labour opposition members were briefed by the National Security Advisor on the government's airstrikes in Syria, on the basis they were sympathetic to the government’s position.

Parliament must have a say on Syria

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SNP Defence spokesperson, Stewart McDonald, has called on the UK government to work with international partners to clamp down on the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria, and hold those responsible to account, as he insisted Parliament must have a say over any change to the role of UK forces in Syria.

Defence Secretary refuses to rule out cuts to Scottish defence projects

Stewart McDonald MP, and SNP Spokesperson for Defence, asked the Defence Secretary if he could guarantee that no defence projects in Scotland would be scaled back, delayed or cancelled.

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