Newport MP backs Nato line on Russia

Newport MP backs Nato line on Russia

'STRONG ACTION': Newport West MP Paul Flynn

THREAT WARNING: Monmouth MP David Davies

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A NEWPORT MP has welcomed a report calling on the UK Government to “take the lead” on addressing threats from Russia at September’s Nato summit, saying it broadly matches an Early Day Motion he put before Parliament.

The report by the House of Commons defence committee, published yesterday says the Russian annexation of Crimea and the continuing violence in Ukraine “has been a stark reminder of Nato’s responsibilities in Europe”.

“There is no doubt that Eastern European nations feel that the threat is very real,” says the report, concluding that Nato as a whole is poorly prepared in the unlikely event of an attack.

“The Nato summit in Newport in September must ensure it addresses the threat from Russia.”

The summit will take place at Newport’s Celtic Manor on September 4 and 5 and will be accompanied by a week-long counter-summit organised by protestors in Newport and Cardiff.

Earlier this month, Paul Flynn MP asked in Parliament: “Will the Prime Minister use the Newport Nato summit to galvanise the new-found unity of Nato states, to act strongly against the belligerence of Putin?” Prime Minister David Cameron responded that the opportunity to demonstrate the unity of Nato and its collective security “could not have come at a better time”. The Newport MP was this week un-invited from speaking at the counter-summit for his pro-Nato stance, a move he described as “a great shame”.

“It’s not a rational decision and I certainly won’t be told what to say,” said Mr Flynn. “They are narrowing their case. People feel angry about what’s happening in Gaza and the Ukraine, there isn’t any great anger against Nato.

“Rather than ramp up tensions, I would like to see Nato discuss ways of improving dialogue with the Russians.

“No one wants to see a return to the Cold War.”

Yesterday’s report by the cross-party group said attacks on Ukraine had “raised the possibility, however unlikely, of an attack...on a Nato member state in the Baltics.

The group recommended September’s summit should set up plans to put equipment and troops in the Baltic States.

Meanwhile, David Davies MP for Monmouth said that Britain should spend more on defence to deal with threats from Russia and "Islamic fundamentalists".

His comments came after the report by the House of Commons defence committee

He said: “It’s very concerning that the committee believe we are not ready to deal with a threat posed to Western security by Russia. We’ve been reducing the amount of money we spent on our armed forces over a period of time and I think it’s time to look at this.

“We’ve budgeted to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. We need to look at why some of the military budget is effectively used to provide foreign aid rather than the defence of the realm. To put it bluntly, I think there’s a case to be made for reducing the amount on foreign aid and putting it into the armed forces budget.

“The Ukraine issue in Crimea has been on the cards for years. I was in Ukraine about five years ago with the foreign affairs select committee and it was being spoken of then. They were plenty of people who knew this was going to come. I just hope it doesn’t go any further. We will have to see how Russia responds to the latest sanctions.”

The Middle East is an even bigger concern, said the MP.

“Gaza and Ukraine are in the news but Syria and Iraq are just as important,” he said. “That’s a huge issue for us. Sunni fundamentalists are the most dangerous threat to our existence at the moment, not Muslims or Islam, but fundamentalists, over the next few decades.”

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8:19am Fri 1 Aug 14

scraptheWAG says...

Paul since when did you become a MP for Kiev as usual not a word to say about the run down tragedy that is Newport too busy putting the world to right .

PLEASE PLEASE RETIRE.
Paul since when did you become a MP for Kiev as usual not a word to say about the run down tragedy that is Newport too busy putting the world to right . PLEASE PLEASE RETIRE. scraptheWAG
  • Score: 3

8:24am Fri 1 Aug 14

Mr Angry says...

Did Paul Flynn ever abuse you as a child ????
Did Paul Flynn ever abuse you as a child ???? Mr Angry
  • Score: -1

9:12am Fri 1 Aug 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

And what do you propose we do about it, Paul? Launch a full scale attack along the entire length of Russia's western border, perhaps, and keep our fingers crossed that the Chinese stay out of it.
And what do you propose we do about it, Paul? Launch a full scale attack along the entire length of Russia's western border, perhaps, and keep our fingers crossed that the Chinese stay out of it. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 4

10:08am Fri 1 Aug 14

fireonhigh1201 says...

Fully support the comment from "scraptheWAG".
Everyone knows that Politics is a dirty game and I do profess to understand all of the arguments for and against however, it is plain to see that when Newport needs support on so many levels not least the creation of viable jobs Mr Flynn and other Newport based MP's are silent!! I would like to see Newports issues raised/debated and argued for especially when it seems the current crop of MP's and AM's are incapable of doing so. So please, forget the world issues and start focusing on the more local challenges.
Fully support the comment from "scraptheWAG". Everyone knows that Politics is a dirty game and I do profess to understand all of the arguments for and against however, it is plain to see that when Newport needs support on so many levels not least the creation of viable jobs Mr Flynn and other Newport based MP's are silent!! I would like to see Newports issues raised/debated and argued for especially when it seems the current crop of MP's and AM's are incapable of doing so. So please, forget the world issues and start focusing on the more local challenges. fireonhigh1201
  • Score: 2

10:30am Fri 1 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Do not dismiss Paul Flynn. There are plans to tow him out into the Usk estuary where his exceptional hot air and massive wind-baggery will power greater Newport and most of the Gwent valley. It may not be "clean" energy given Flynn's links to the Daily Mail but it is not subject to the weather. You want real wind power? WE give you the flatulent Flynn.
Do not dismiss Paul Flynn. There are plans to tow him out into the Usk estuary where his exceptional hot air and massive wind-baggery will power greater Newport and most of the Gwent valley. It may not be "clean" energy given Flynn's links to the Daily Mail but it is not subject to the weather. You want real wind power? WE give you the flatulent Flynn. KarloMarko
  • Score: 2

10:53am Fri 1 Aug 14

EVZMcD says...

No man is an island... Where does ignoring what is happening in the rest of the world get us? International links and goodwill can lead to better jobs - even in Newport. The clue is in the name!
No man is an island... Where does ignoring what is happening in the rest of the world get us? International links and goodwill can lead to better jobs - even in Newport. The clue is in the name! EVZMcD
  • Score: 1

11:26am Fri 1 Aug 14

Magor says...

Next year Flynn and Morden must go,they are doing nothing for the area.
Next year Flynn and Morden must go,they are doing nothing for the area. Magor
  • Score: 3

12:57pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Personally, I don't think Paul Flynn goes far enough in his condemnation of the Putin regime. It's not only Putin's meddling in surrounding terrritories that is a moral issue here, but also the way that his regime is treating its own people.

For some reason Paul Flynn neglects to mention the way in which LGBTQ Russians have been persecuted for some years now, how critics of his regime are simply thrown in jail, how the regime has cracked down on freedom of speech by criminalising intellectuals, artists, musicians and in particular feminists and gender radicals.

Instead, it is of note that the condemnation of Putin by male politicians seems to always come under the 'safe' criticisms of putting on a macho Churchill act by puffing their chests out like grandstanding peacocks and attacking his territorial ambitions rather than taking the risk of associating themselves with LGBTQ and women's rights. This type of 'boys' in the playground' type of behaviour is one of the reasons why many of us who are not heterosexual, gender normative males feel totally disengaged from mainstream politics.

Also, if Paul Flynn criticizes the aspect of Putin's regime which involves persecuting LGBTQ people, feminists and gender radicals then that would by necessity mean attacking the reactionary nature of the Russian Orthodox Church so perhaps he is reluctant to do this as he is also a Christian?
Personally, I don't think Paul Flynn goes far enough in his condemnation of the Putin regime. It's not only Putin's meddling in surrounding terrritories that is a moral issue here, but also the way that his regime is treating its own people. For some reason Paul Flynn neglects to mention the way in which LGBTQ Russians have been persecuted for some years now, how critics of his regime are simply thrown in jail, how the regime has cracked down on freedom of speech by criminalising intellectuals, artists, musicians and in particular feminists and gender radicals. Instead, it is of note that the condemnation of Putin by male politicians seems to always come under the 'safe' criticisms of putting on a macho Churchill act by puffing their chests out like grandstanding peacocks and attacking his territorial ambitions rather than taking the risk of associating themselves with LGBTQ and women's rights. This type of 'boys' in the playground' type of behaviour is one of the reasons why many of us who are not heterosexual, gender normative males feel totally disengaged from mainstream politics. Also, if Paul Flynn criticizes the aspect of Putin's regime which involves persecuting LGBTQ people, feminists and gender radicals then that would by necessity mean attacking the reactionary nature of the Russian Orthodox Church so perhaps he is reluctant to do this as he is also a Christian? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -6

4:53pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Newportg says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
Paul since when did you become a MP for Kiev as usual not a word to say about the run down tragedy that is Newport too busy putting the world to right .

PLEASE PLEASE RETIRE.
You ignorant idiot. All MP's have a view of world affairs. And Newport is on the up. Go and have a look at the Friar's Walk website - http://friarswalknew
port.co.uk/

Those of us who love our city are delighted with the progress being made. It's only people like you who clearly hate Newport who do nothing but talk it down. To quote KarloMarko "What has Scrap the WAG ever done for Newport? Hold that thought. Except bore everyone senseless with his one track self loathing and bile".
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: Paul since when did you become a MP for Kiev as usual not a word to say about the run down tragedy that is Newport too busy putting the world to right . PLEASE PLEASE RETIRE.[/p][/quote]You ignorant idiot. All MP's have a view of world affairs. And Newport is on the up. Go and have a look at the Friar's Walk website - http://friarswalknew port.co.uk/ Those of us who love our city are delighted with the progress being made. It's only people like you who clearly hate Newport who do nothing but talk it down. To quote KarloMarko "What has Scrap the WAG ever done for Newport? Hold that thought. Except bore everyone senseless with his one track self loathing and bile". Newportg
  • Score: 0

6:11pm Fri 1 Aug 14

blackandamber says...

Magor wrote:
Next year Flynn and Morden must go,they are doing nothing for the area.
What ever gave you the idea that your MP is there to do something for their constituents. They are there to chant the mantra of their party however damaging it may be to the electorate.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Next year Flynn and Morden must go,they are doing nothing for the area.[/p][/quote]What ever gave you the idea that your MP is there to do something for their constituents. They are there to chant the mantra of their party however damaging it may be to the electorate. blackandamber
  • Score: 3

6:14pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Petrus Barba says...

I wrote to Paul Flynn some years ago, and sent my letter by fax. The numpty demanded to know where I had got his 'private number', completely ignoring the issues I had raised! My reply? "From the bloody telephone directory"!
I wrote to Paul Flynn some years ago, and sent my letter by fax. The numpty demanded to know where I had got his 'private number', completely ignoring the issues I had raised! My reply? "From the bloody telephone directory"! Petrus Barba
  • Score: 3

6:29pm Fri 1 Aug 14

BobEvams2014 says...

Scappy is quite right, I have seen Mr Flynn wasting his time on Select Committees , debating and asking questions in the chamber, giving inerviews to various journalists, and now having the cheek to express an opinion on world matters, HOW DARE HE !!! He is the only MP out of 650 to behave in this outrageous manner, and should resign now.
Scappy is quite right, I have seen Mr Flynn wasting his time on Select Committees , debating and asking questions in the chamber, giving inerviews to various journalists, and now having the cheek to express an opinion on world matters, HOW DARE HE !!! He is the only MP out of 650 to behave in this outrageous manner, and should resign now. BobEvams2014
  • Score: 0

9:27am Sun 3 Aug 14

Pride-in-the-Port!! says...

Flynn is at best a likeable werthers original type grandfather figure. As a politician he has achieved nothing for Newport.

I recall a 6th form debate he attended at my school some 20yrs ago. As a body of students we wiped the floor with him - pathetic really, what chance does he have in Westminster if he can't answer questions posed by 17 & 18 yr olds!!

All he's renowned for is campaigning for the legalisation of cannabis and being thrown out of the chamber! What a great advert for Newport that is!

The problem is he's a labour candidate in a safe seat and people keep voting him in based on his political party and not based on his performance! Same with Bob "Chartist Mural Destroyer" Bright!!! Most people in Newport would vote for a cat if it was wearing a labour rosette on Election Day...... The complacency of labour councillors and local MP's has seen Newport suffer for too many years!!

We should vote in local entrepreneurs who know how to make things work and make things happen!!
Flynn is at best a likeable werthers original type grandfather figure. As a politician he has achieved nothing for Newport. I recall a 6th form debate he attended at my school some 20yrs ago. As a body of students we wiped the floor with him - pathetic really, what chance does he have in Westminster if he can't answer questions posed by 17 & 18 yr olds!! All he's renowned for is campaigning for the legalisation of cannabis and being thrown out of the chamber! What a great advert for Newport that is! The problem is he's a labour candidate in a safe seat and people keep voting him in based on his political party and not based on his performance! Same with Bob "Chartist Mural Destroyer" Bright!!! Most people in Newport would vote for a cat if it was wearing a labour rosette on Election Day...... The complacency of labour councillors and local MP's has seen Newport suffer for too many years!! We should vote in local entrepreneurs who know how to make things work and make things happen!! Pride-in-the-Port!!
  • Score: 5

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