Planes decision attacked by MP

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AN ABOUT-TURN on the type of planes being used for Britain’s new aircraft carriers has been attacked by South Yorkshire politician Denis MacShane.

The Rotherham MP accused the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond of ‘unconditional surrender’ to Treasury-imposed budget cuts by deciding against an order for American F35 fighter jets.

The Government is to order vertical take-off aircraft because they require less expensive equipment on aircraft carriers.

In Parliament, Mr MacShane highlighted French criticism of the move - because the UK was proposing an arrangement with the French under which F35s would also be able to use French aircraft carriers not suitable for vertical take-off planes.