Potters Bar’s MP undertakes armed forces scheme

PUBLISHED: 16:33 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:33 06 December 2017

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden at the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. Picture credit: Mr Dowden's office.

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden at the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. Picture credit: Mr Dowden's office.

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Potters Bar’s MP Oliver Dowden has joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, a programme run by the Ministry of Defence to improve Parliamentarians’ understanding of the Armed Forces.

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden at the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. Picture credit: Mr Dowden's office. Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden at the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. Picture credit: Mr Dowden's office.

The first event was a two-day introduction at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham, following which all new members chose a specific service to focus on, with Mr Dowden opting for the Royal Air Force.

As part of the scheme he visited RAF Wittering to learn more about the work of the RAF first-hand.

Speaking afterwards he said: “It was fascinating to watch the demonstrations of how they conduct their operations, including bomb disposal, global logistics and combat support. Their professionalism was impressive.

“We also received detailed briefings from the base’s commander, Group Captain Tony Keeling, on the role the RAF is playing at home and abroad in keeping our country safe.

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden at the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. Picture credit: Mr Dowden's office. Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden at the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. Picture credit: Mr Dowden's office.

“I am looking forward to visiting many more RAF bases and facilities in the coming months.”

Mr Dowden joined the scheme following his appointment as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary in July, in which position he serves as his senior parliamentary adviser.

The Hertsmere MP added: “At a time of growing international insecurity, our Armed Forces are now more important than at many other times in our history.

“We need only look at rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, continued instability in the Middle East or at Russian aggression on the borders of Europe to see their indispensable role.”

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden at the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. Picture credit: Mr Dowden's office. Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden at the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. Picture credit: Mr Dowden's office.

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