Lib Dems on State of Our Armed Forces

#1
Lib Dems held a good fringe meeting on support for our troops at their conference on Monday with a BAFF official giving a talk and will be holding a conference session this afternoon on the state of our armed forces, televised on BBC Parliament.
 
#2
This should be good. Will they be stating how much more they will be spending on defence if (god forbid(oops)) they ever get elected?
 
#3
micksmith said:
Lib Dems held a good fringe meeting on support for our troops at their conference on Monday with a BAFF official giving a talk and will be holding a conference session this afternoon on the state of our armed forces, televised on BBC Parliament.
Thanks, Mick. Monday seems to have gone well.

Today's conference session might be the "Urgent Issue" billed on the conference agenda for 17.30 today.
 
#4
hackle said:
micksmith said:
Lib Dems held a good fringe meeting on support for our troops at their conference on Monday with a BAFF official giving a talk and will be holding a conference session this afternoon on the state of our armed forces, televised on BBC Parliament.
Thanks, Mick. Monday seems to have gone well.

Today's conference session might be the "Urgent Issue" billed on the conference agenda for 17.30 today.
For anyone interested, this debate on "the state of the armed forces" starting now. BBC Parliament.
 
#5
They talk a good fight.................................
 
#8
Probably not but if it ever gets to the position of where either the Conservatives or Labour form a government with a very slim majority resulting in an almost hung Parliament then that's when laying the ground work would pay off.
 
#9
BAFF speaks to all three main UK parties, as you would expect. We were pleased to be able to provide a speaker for the standing-room-only Lib Dem fringe event on Monday, which was the precursor of today's debate.
 
#10
hackle said:
BAFF speaks to all three main UK parties, as you would expect. We were pleased to be able to provide a speaker for the standing-room-only Lib Dem fringe event on Monday, which was the precursor of today's debate.
Exactly as it should be. BAFF should retain (at least a semblance of) neutrality vis-a-vis the political parties and should seize every opportunity to put the message across. But it should also follow up assiduously. Does BAFF have sufficient resource?

Nonetheless, excellent work.
 
#12
Prodigal said:
"Does BAFF have sufficient resource?"

Yes we do. However support is always welcome!
Well, please tell us what you need. Money, obviously, but in the absence of a huge inflow of cash to the coffers what else is needed?
 
#13
Its a sad thing to say but defence is never going to be a vote winner. The BAFF does some stirling work but the parties will still do more for every other puplic sector before defence even gets a look in.
 

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#14
Unsworth said:
Prodigal said:
"Does BAFF have sufficient resource?"

Yes we do. However support is always welcome!
Well, please tell us what you need. Money, obviously, but in the absence of a huge inflow of cash to the coffers what else is needed?
Members who are prepared to pitch in with BAFF campaigns and organisation, and also recruit more members! The more members we have, the more we can do and the stronger we become.

Join BAFF here
 
#15
They are all the same when not in power; promising the world. When they do get in someone will come up with some blinding statistics showing how the Armed Forces are happier and better off under their regime and don't forget that they are still sweeping up the mess the previous government left behind. None of them could care a fig.
 
#16
Unsworth said:
Prodigal said:
"Does BAFF have sufficient resource?"

Yes we do. However support is always welcome!
Well, please tell us what you need. Money, obviously, but in the absence of a huge inflow of cash to the coffers what else is needed?
Join and, if possible, help to recruit more members!

The subscription is £30 per year/£7.50 per quarter for most members, serving or 'ex'.

Reduced rate £20 per year/£5.00 per quarter for serving ranks/rates up to and including Cpl or equivalent.

Serving personnel are our core customers. However, BAFF services, such as the Personal Injury claim line and General Legal Advice line, are open equally to ex-serving and serving members.

Some BAFF campaigns relate to the transition between 'serving' and 'ex', as well as longer-term issues. Examples include:

* 'Social Housing Discrimination',

* handover of patients from Defence to NHS,

* PTSD treatment,

* Entitlement to "Priority NHS Treatment" for service-related conditions.

Several of these issues were covered in the BAFF evidence (June 2007) to the House of Commons Defence Ctee Inquiry on Medical Care for the Armed Forces.

Some of the most effective campaigning work has been led by "ordinary" BAFF members, occasionally assisted by myself and colleagues, and professional legal advice from the BAFF lawyers when required. For example, Counsel's Opinion was obtained on 'Social Housing Discrimination' and by the way, we haven't just declared victory on 'Social Housing Discrimination' and moved on...

http://www.baff.org.uk/Join.html
 

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