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11 May 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010 said the Labour Government had “got it badly wrong” but it was Cameron who was wrong as his government goes back to the F35B.
GMB, the union for workers in shipbuilding and defence industries, commented on the decision by the Government to switch back to the F35B fighter aircraft for the new Royal Navy aircraft carriers.
Keith Hazlewood GMB National Secretary said “This coalition Government's U-turn, to revert to the F35B fighter aircraft instead of the F35C aircraft on the new Royal Navy aircraft carriers now being built, is incompetent squandering of £250 million of taxpayer's money.
When they came into power, the Government decided to switch to the F35C fighter aircraft on the new aircraft carriers instead of the F35B aircraft the previous Labour Government intended to use on the aircraft carriers in the first place.
This was an attempt to undermine and unpick the Labour Governments original decision to use the F35B aircraft. Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010 said the Labour Government had “got it badly wrong” but it was Cameron who was wrong as his government goes back to the F35B.
This U-turn demonstrates this Government's reluctance to engage with trade unions and industry. It shows that they don't understand the capability and needs of our defence forces and how to secure the best value for the UK taxpayers.