In the light of the upcoming local elections I thought it may be a good idea to see what the main parties have to say on Defence Ploicy. I sent an emnail to DC via the Conservatives' website & this is what I got back: Dear Englishspringer, Many thanks for your email to David Cameron - I am replying on his behalf. Our success today is not because we've published a blizzard of policies, it's because we are setting out a deep and serious analysis of what our country needs, and we are showing that we have the right ideas and the right values to meet those needs. We are leading political debate in this country for the first time in many years. On defence, Liam Fox has promised that a future Conservative Government will spend what is required to guarantee the security of the United Kingdom. There is a constant choice between commitments and resources. In the current environment, we will either have to increase the resources reaching the front-line to match our commitments, or reduce our commitments to match our resources. David Cameron has also promised to draw up a special manifesto for the families of Britain's Armed Forces, following the outcry over the poor standard of accommodation provided on Army bases. We have set out what we are fighting for today in a statement of our aims and values, Built to Last, a copy of which is available on our web-site - www.conservatives.com. The changes are clear. For example, we will put economic stability and fiscal responsibility ahead of promises to cut taxes. Protecting the environment and tackling climate change will be given equal prominence to public services and the economy. We will improve public services for all, rather than promote opt outs for a few. The test for all our policies will be how they help the most disadvantaged in society. We will take action so that our Party reflects Britain as it is today, not Britain as it was. We stand for social responsibility - the idea that government doesn't have all the answers and that we've got to work together to fight crime, improve the environment and make life better for families and children. That's a big difference from Labour's approach and a new direction for our country. David Cameron is aware that there has been far too much short term policy making in recent years. Time and again we have seen policy initiatives announced to get headlines in the media which then fall apart, fail to deliver, and end up being abandoned or reversed. He has set up six policy groups to examine key areas of concern and challenges we face. These challenges are complex, interconnected and require serious long-term thinking. We want to make sure we get the solutions to these challenges right, and that is why our policy review is spread over eighteen months. But preparing the ground is just the first stage. Now we must show what we will build there. That means laying strong foundations and making clear exactly what we stand for. Not pulling policies out of a hat to try and show what sort of government we will be. But explaining the idea that defines the sort of Britain we want to see. David Cameron pledged to transform the party and the way the public see us - he's well on his way to doing that. He pledged to make the police more accountable - and with the police reorganisation shelved we're winning there. He promised to put the environment at the heart of our policies, and he has. He promised that we would bring forward proposals to actively support marriage through the tax and benefits system, and he's since outlined how we'd do that - reforming the tax credits system to make it simpler and fairer and getting our policy review to look at how tax relief on childcare, and transferable tax allowances, might help. So there can be no doubt that David Cameron was elected on a broad programme and that he's delivering across the board. We cannot afford to slow down at the moment - we are providing constructive opposition to this government whilst building up our platform so that we are an attractive and credible alternative. We are not betraying traditional Conservative values; as David has said before, our change is not a betrayal, but recognition and a fulfilment. A recognition that Britain is not the same as it was thirty years ago, so we need to start understanding what we will inherit, and a fulfilment of building a better Britain. Thank you once again for writing. Yours sincerely, Alice Sheffield Office of David Cameron MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA So, no real Defence Policy for the Conservatives then, just another opportunity for an adviser to issue the latest Tory Party advertisement!