Defence shadow secretary promises Red Arrows’ safety in Lincoln visit

The Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Vernon Coaker MP, committed to retaining the Red Arrows under a Labour government when he visited Lincoln.

The shadow secretary met with Lincoln’s Labour candidate Lucy Rigby, the Lincoln Tank Memorial Group and the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust on Friday, October 24.

The meetings took place in the historic Tank Room at the White Hart Hotel, where the first tank was designed by William Rigby.

With a Strategic Defence Spending Review set for 2018, Vernon Coaker MP addressed speculations that the Red Arrows may not continue.

He guaranteed that, if he is Secretary of State after the 2015 General Election, the Red Arrows will be kept. He said the Red Arrows are “The best of British and they will stay the best of British.”

Lucy Rigby said: “I’m absolutely delighted to hear the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence commit to the future of the Red Arrows.

“They mean such a lot to me personally and to so many others here in Lincoln and across the country. This really is excellent news.”