International Development Secretary Justine Greening said it was vitally important for the UK to support countries in western Africa to defeat Ebola to prevent further loss of life and ensure it does not spread into the UK.
Speaking as she set off for Sierra Leone with around 100 RAF medics being sent to build a training academy and field hospital she said:
"If we don't combat Ebola it will take many more lives, but also it can pose a risk to the UK".
More than 100 army medics from Catterick Garrison are being deployed to Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola.
The clinicians form the lead unit who are departing from an RAF base this morning.
They will be training staff working in the UK-built Ebola treatment centres across Sierra Leone.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening is to visit an Ebola training academy and a treatment facility in Sierra Leone.Read the full story ›
The business community is lending support to thousands of servicemen leaving the military, either through choice or because of defence cuts.Read the full story ›
The business community is lending its support to the thousands of servicemen and women who have left the military, either through choice or because of defence cuts. They've been outlining job opportunities at a careers event at Catterick Garrison.
Gary Daye, of Scots Guards, has spoken of the difficulty in finding work:
Dominic Hamberg, from the British Forces Resettlement Services, has also spoken of ways in which army recruits can apply their skills to a different industry, such as civilian service:
An army recruitment day is taking place at Catterick Garrison to introduce current and former military personnel and their families to employers and training providers who are looking to work with, and hire from, the Armed Forces Community.
The event begins at 9:30am and continues into the afternoon.
A British Army who has been Mentioned in Dispatches for his bravery in Afghanistan said he was "humbled" more than anything to be among 117 servicemen and women honoured.
Lt Ali Floyd is based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.
He said: "I hope to some degree that this award is a recognition of the soldiers I was lucky enough to work with, who all did a fantastic job and it is really due to them that we managed to bring everyone home."
A British Army officer based at Catterick Garrison has been awarded a Mention in Dispatches for bravery during a tour of Afghanistan in 2013.
Lieutenant Ali Floyd defended a bridge for 24 hours under enemy fire, to allow engineers to remove homemade bombs. He then led his men to safety at night past enemy firing points.
Lt Floyd was one of 117 military personnel to be honoured.
A lorry driver who killed two soldiers in a crash on the A66 has had his driving ban reduced from six years to two years.Read the full story ›