Michael Dugher MP

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David Cameron set to sell off search and rescue operations

The Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Telegraph are reporting today that David Cameron is to sell off Britain's search and rescue operations. The articles state that Ministers are set to reveal a £7 billion deal to replace military crews with private civilian pilots.

The move could see helicopter pilot Prince William lose his job.

The Shadow Defence Minister, Michael Dugher, quoted in the Sunday Mirror and the Grough, said: "At a time when we are making thousands of our armed forces redundant, it is ludicrous to waste billions of pounds of taxpayers' money in this way. The MoD have completely lost the plot. It has been told it could cost possibly £20million to keep the Sea Kings flying for several years. That has to be a better deal than spending billions buying American choppers which would be flown by civilians."

Michael has written a blog post about the pending sell off on the Shadow Defence Team’s website. You can read it here: Time to re-think Search-and-Rescue PFI

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