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Ideology will not be put before security, insists Tom Tugendhat amid Army diversity row

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Published Time: 12.02.2024 - 12:40:13 Modified Time: 12.02.2024 - 12:40:13

Security minister says military has one purpose alone to ‘defend the British people and bring death to the King’s enemies’ SOPA IMAGES Tom Tugendhat has vowed ideology will not be prioritised over security in the wake of a row over the British Army’s diversity and inclusion policies

Security minister says military has one purpose alone to ‘defend the British people and bring death to the King’s enemies’

: SOPA IMAGES

Tom Tugendhat has vowed ideology will not be prioritised over security in the wake of a row over the British Army’s diversity and inclusion policies.

The security minister insisted the military had “one purpose alone” as he dismissed fears “ideological requests” are being allowed to compromise national safety.

His comments came after the Telegraph revealed military personnel wanted to relax clearance checks for ethnic minority officers in a push to hit diversity targets.

Grant Shapps, the Defence Secretary, said the findings showed a “woke” and “extremist culture” had been allowed to infiltrate the Army and on Monday he will officially launch a root-and-branch review of inclusivity policies in his department.

Mr Tugendhat told GB News: “This is a time when only our enemies want us to be divided and we have absolutely no time for this sort of putting ideology before security.

“It is absolutely clear, and let me be totally clear, there is no way we are going to be easing up security requirements for ideological requests. It is simply not going to happen.

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