2010
03.23

Andy McNab: “How you vote at this election is going to affect soldiers’ lives.”

The Sun
By Tom Newton Dunn
Published: 15 Mar 2010

SAS hero Andy McNab last night backed the Conservatives in the General Election – and slammed Gordon Brown for “betraying” Britain’s Armed Forces.
The ex Who Dares Wins soldier accused the PM of underfunding frontline troops for years.

Sun Security Expert Andy, 49, has voted Labour before. But after talks with David Cameron, he said: “I’m impressed. The Tories are the future.”

And the SAS legend insisted he was speaking for thousands of soldiers last night as he vowed to vote for the Conservatives.

But he is sickened by years of Brown starving the military of cash for vital kit – then denying it at the Chilcot Inquiry into Iraq.

Andy said: “It’s time for a change.

“After the way Gordon Brown betrayed the Forces, there’s not a single person I’ve spoken to from my old regiment who’s voting any other way than Conservative. Cameron’s got the SAS vote – that’s for sure.”

He explained “For Gordon Brown to go to the Iraq inquiry and tell porkies was outrageous.How little he has given the MoD to help them fight five wars in 13 years is VERY clearly on record. To then go straight out to Helmand province in Afghanistan – as he did – and pose for photos with the troops to look like the Forces’ friend was unforgivable. That was the last straw for me. It was a cynical PR attempt to bury bad headlines. Anyone who uses our soldiers on the front line like that deserves nobody’s respect. It is a betrayal of everything honourable they stand for.”

Endorsement from the popular Who Dares Wins figure is a big boost for the Tories, as Britain faces the risk of sleep-walking into another five years of Gordon Brown. An opinion poll yesterday showed the Conservative lead over Labour had slipped to just FOUR points. Andy – who became an author after famously leading the SAS Bravo Two Zero patrol in Iraq in 1991 – met Mr Cameron yesterday to discuss defence. The men also spoke of Andy’s two other passions – adult education and halting the rise of the British National Party.

After the lengthy meeting, Andy told The Sun: “Without doubt, the Tories are the future. I’m impressed by Cameron and the straight answers he gave to my questions. I believe he does get the Forces and what they need. And I think he has the will to see Afghanistan through. Now is not the time to go wobbly about the war.”

The Conservative leader told The Sun: “Andy’s backing means a huge amount to us.”

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myView
By Andy McNab

“At the beginning of the New Labour project in 1997, I voted for Tony Blair, like a lot of people in this country did. He promised a great vision for us. But I don’t believe Labour ever delivered on that vision.

The education of our kids is far from where it should be.

Social mobility is at its lowest for generations.

And the economy is in an appalling state.

The great dream all seems to have turned to ruin.

But probably worst of all for me is the way Labour have let down the Armed Forces.

It’s crucial for every fighting man and woman out in Afghanistan and everyone who supports them – all the way up the chain to the MoD – to know they have strong leadership at the top.”

Intent

“Gordon Brown never gives that impression. You always get the feeling the Iraq and Afghan operations were Tony Blair’s idea, which he never quite signed up to. That’s probably why he wasn’t prepared to pay for it.

We need a change.

I believe Cameron understands the Armed Forces and what they’re after. From the equipment projects that need to be funded, all the way to the psychological treatment the guys need when they come back from the front line. I’ve also had a lot of conversations with Liam Fox, the man who will be Cameron’s defence secretary. He understands the Armed Forces too. From the way Cameron talks about Afghanistan, it’s also clear to me that he’s got the will and the intent to see it through now.

I am confident the Tories will do what is needed.

So they’ve got my vote this time.”

McNab & Cameron in The Sun