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Vernon Coaker backed Labour leader Ed Miliband's recent speech in which he directly challenged Ukip. "I think Ed Miliband's absolutely right. I think we need to have a debate with Ukip. He's saying 'bring it on'. What he means by that is... Continue to article
Vernon Coaker said the struggle to recruit more Army reservists could leave Britain with a defence “capability gap”. “The whole of what the Government have been doing with its been policy is to say we’ll reduce the Army to 82,000, that’s... Continue to article
Vernon Coaker said the issue of Europe had dominated political discourse in recent weeks, and instead politicians should focus on "the issues that affect people’s lives". "You can see now what has happened; the whole thing becomes domina... Continue to article
Labour has called on the Ministry of Defence to set out the criteria for next year's major review of defence spending. The last Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) was carried out in 2010, with a fresh settlement expected i... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Douglas Alexander MP, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, said: "The Ebola virus is a clear threat to public health around the world, and it requires an urgent global response. The international communit... Continue to article
Labour would introduce legislation to force governments to undertake a review of defence spending each parliament, the Shadow Defence Secretary has announced. Vernon Coaker said a “robust” and “transparent” review of military funding wa... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker MP and Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Anas Sarwar MP today travelled to Rosyth shipyard to meet staff working on the UK's aircraft carriers, and hear their conce... Continue to article
Vernon Coaker said he was not aware of any Labour MPs thinking of jumping ship to join Ukip. “I’m not about to jump and you won’t see other Labour MPs jumping. We’re focusing on the divisions within the Conservative Party, the disaster t... Continue to article
One in six primary school children are failing to progress by the expected two levels on the assessment scale in English or maths by the time they reach the age of 11, this year's Sats results show.
Shadow police minister Vernon Coaker has said it was “absurd” for police minister Nick Herbert to claim there was not a “simple link” between police numbers and crime levels. New research released by shadow home secretary Ed Balls claims police forces could see cuts of 6,000 officers this year.
A website that connects young people with their peers to discuss bullying issues received £1m in government support last week. The programme could "continue to improve the lives of young people", schools minister Vernon Coaker said.
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