Chloe Smith
Member of Parliament for Norwich North

Chloe and Norfolk MPs call for MOD to choose RAF Marham

Author: Administrator, Updated: 02 February 2012 11:40

Chloe Smith, along with all other Norfolk's MPs, has signed a letter urging Liam Fox to choose RAF Marham as the sole location for the RAF's tornado fighter jets.

In the Strategic Defence and Security Review last month it was announced that tornado jets would be scaled back, with just one single base for them. RAF Marham currently provides employment for 3600 RAF personnel and Ministry of Defence civil servants, 1220 contract staff, and 350 other civilians. Furthermore, much of the pay for these personnel is re-invested in the local economy.

The letter said: "It makes economic and military sense as the principal engineering work is carried out at Marham and the site is well located for the Afghanistan conflict.

"In addition, compared with the alternative site for the sole tornado base (Moray), the surrounding area in Norfolk suffers from higher unemployment and deprivation and would be gravely hit if the base were to be closed or used for another purpose."