Contaminated: Investigators examine the park bench in Salisbury where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after they were poisoned – an incident that may not have happened, had the Conservatives not disbanded the military regiment that handled such attacks.

Labour created a military regiment dedicated to fighting threats such as the use of nerve agents to harm UK citizens in the 1990s – but the Conservatives cut it as part of their Austerity measures in 2011.

It was one of many, many cuts that the Tories inflicted on the country, weakening our ability to combat not only terror attacks but also attacks from foreign aggressors.

It seems clear that the poisoning of Sergei Skripal might hot have happened, had the Tories not “neglected and underfunded” – the Tories’ own words! – specialist military expertise to deal with the threat.

Today’s (March 13) BBC Daily Politics show featured a vox pop in which a majority of the people of Bexleyheath said Austerity has not been worth it.

As I write this, Philip Hammond is desperately trying to get us all to believe the opposite.

Would Sergei Skripal say Austerity was worth it? Would his daughter Yulia? How about DS Nick Bailey, who was also poisoned by the nerve agent in Salisbury?

How about the 120,000 people who died because of Tory health and social care cuts?

How about the countless (literally – the Tories refuse to count them) sick and disabled people who died because of Tory benefit changes?

Mr Hammond is desperately trying to convince us of a lie that the Tories are responsible enough to run the UK for the benefit of everbody.

In fact they are genocidal to the vulnerable, and have deliberately devastated our national defences against foreign aggressors. They are a menace that must be eliminated.

Defence chiefs are urgently reviewing how to upgrade the military’s ability to protect against chemical, biological and radiation attacks following the Salisbury poisoning.

The use of a military-grade nerve agent in an attempted assassination on the streets of Britain, as well as the brazen use of poison gas in Syria, has increased fears about the use of the weapons by states and terrorist groups.

Whitehall sources said it was now accepting specialist military expertise to deal with the threat had been neglected and underfunded after the 2010 cost-cutting defence review.

Source: The military’s chemical, biological and radiation expertise ‘could be boosted’ in wake of the Salisbury poisoning

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