Penny Mordant to Visit RM Condor

The new Secretary of State for Defence has said she will visit Arbroath on a tour of armed forces bases.

Penny Mordaunt will come to the RM Condor base of 45 Commando Royal Marines “at the earliest” opportunity following her new May appointment.

She was invited to Angus by constituency MP Kirstene Hair in the Commons on Monday.

Ms Hair previously welcomed former defence secretary Gavin Williamson to Condor in 2018.

This was followed by welcome news in May this year, when the Ministry of Defence confirmed it would retain the disused Condor airfield and strengthen the base for future participation in the UK armed forces.

This was one of Ms Hair’s campaigning pledges in the 2017 General Election campaign.

She asked the new defence secretary:

“It is positive policies that this Conservative Government have implemented, such as the armed forces income tax compensation for those serving in Scotland and the decision to secure the long-term future of my base, RM Condor in Angus, that mean we can continue to recruit in Scotland.

“Will the Secretary of State commit to visiting RM Condor to see at first hand the Government’s great work in Angus?”

Ms Hair referred to the UK Government’s continuing commitment to defray the increased tax on members of the armed forces in Scotland, caused by higher tax burdens under the SNP Scottish Government.

Mrs Mordaunt said:

“These are the armed forces of the United Kingdom.

“We should celebrate them and ensure that our basing is spread across the four nations, and I would be delighted to visit at the earliest occasion.”