‘Votes in Defence’ (VinD) is an a-political community of interest based around a core group of engaged individuals and a wider affiliated network of experts and cross-sector interests, which seeks to ensure adequate resources and a coherent, sustainable strategy for the Defence of the United Kingdom. Its primary area of activity will to influence political opinion and decision-making at the national and, where appropriate, international levels.
The original goals of VinD were two-fold:
- Initially, to influence political decisions about resource provision for Defence in the run-up to the 2015 General Election and continue to act as a powerful influence in the political and public space after the General Election, especially during the preparation of any subsequent Strategic Defence and Security Review.
- Afterwards, to continue as a community and pressure group to ensure appropriate and sustained provision for Defence in the future, based on the security needs and interests of the UK.
Specifically this was built around a campaign to get a commitment to UK resource provision for Defence at or above 2 per cent of GDP, sufficient to deter and defeat threats to the UK and its legitimate interests. This target has now been achieved (albeit somewhat via creative accounting). Alongside ensuring this is correctly implemented VinD is now focused primarily on a set of capability objectives.
These are that the United Kingdom’s defence provision should:
1. Be congruent [big triangle, small triangle] with the US.
2. Be sufficient to give the United Kingdom leadership status in a coalition not involving the US.
3. Allow us to deter and defeat threats to the UK, its overseas territories and its interests.
4. Allow us to resist coercion at any level.
Who we are?
We are a community of concerned and engaged citizens of the United Kingdom who represent all sectors of British life, who wish to ensure that elected politicians exercise their prime duty of providing sufficient, appropriate resources to deter and defeat threats to the UK and its interests.