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PM: Defence review 'very good' for RAF Marham

The Prime Minister says the government's review of defence spending is good news for RAF Marham in Norfolk.

A Tornado aircraft based at RAF Marham in west Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

David Cameron has announced £12 billion for military equipment in a Strategic Defence and Security Review. The SDSR set out heavily-trailed plans for two new Army 5,000-strong "strike brigades" capable of deploying rapidly around the world.

RAF Marham is the home to the Tornado force and the future home of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

The Prime Minister said the additional defence spending would mean more Lightning aircraft, more quickly. He was answering a question in the House of Commons from the North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.

"Will the Prime Minister confirm that today’s statement is good news for RAF Marham, the home of the Tornado force and the future home of Lightning II?

Obviously the Tornadoes and Brimstone missiles are playing a vital role in the campaign against Daesh, but does he agree that there is now an overwhelming case for extending those strikes into Syria itself?"

– Henry Bellingham, Conservative MP for NW Norfolk

Hero honoured on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day has been marked with events taking place across our region. In Corby, a town square was re-named to honour Lance Corporal James Ashworth who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for the bravery he displayed storming an insurgent position whilst on duty in Afghanistan.


Tornado Fleet to be retired in 2019

It's been confirmed that Britain's fleet of Tornado warplanes will go out of service in 2019. RAF Marham in Norfolk is one of two bases in the UK that currently operate the Tornado.

Last month defence chiefs hinted that Marham will be the UK base for the new generation of fighter jets, the Lightning 11. Our Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson reports.