Celebrating Armed Forces Day at the end of June was a perfect opportunity to reflect on the courage, determination and expertise of the men and women who serve this country in uniform.
As a graduate of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Training Programme and the President of the Crowborough Cadets, I am proud to be part of the community. British Armed Forces are respected the world over and they are the ultimate defenders of our security and freedom.
Britain’s membership in military alliances is vital to our national security. I am delighted to be appointed as part of the UK Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly.
The Assembly’s principal objective is to facilitate mutual understanding between parliamentarians from NATO countries and to promote debate on key security challenges.
When Russia used a toxic nerve agent in a sickening attack on the streets of Salisbury in 2018, the UK and its NATO allies took action, expelling over 150 Russian intelligence officers in the largest collective expulsion to date. Similarly, the Magnitsky sanctions announced by the Foreign Secretary earlier this month were a landmark moment for the United Kingdom. I am campaigning for the Magnitsky sanctions to also apply to China’s suppression of human rights and the ethnic cleansing of the Uighurs in Xinjiang. The United Kingdom is a beacon of freedom and we must ensure that individuals who violate human rights are held accountable and face the full force of the law.
We are extremely lucky that Wealden is a great, safe place to live and has consistently low levels of crime. I am in regular contact with Sussex Police and our District Commander to discuss multi-agency efforts and increased police patrol activity across Wealden. However, we are not immune from international threat. I have asked the Security Minister to ensure that our security services work closely together and that our local police have the data, information and resources to prevent any local hostile threats.
I look forward to working with my parliamentary colleagues and international counterparts to influence decisions on UK security and I will continue to work with local authorities to ensure safety of everyone in Wealden.
I continue to hold virtual surgeries as well as conference calls for constituents and businesses. If you are a Wealden resident and require my assistance, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden