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Tories vow to raise defence spending by 0.5% above inflation every year

The manifesto promised to “maintain the overall size of the armed forces” with an army capable of “fielding a war-fighting division”.

Defence spending will be increased by at least 0.5% more than inflation every year, the Conservatives have pledged.

The party’s manifesto also committed to meeting the Nato target of spending at least 2% of GDP on defence, stating that the country has a “responsibility to sustain our fine armed forces so that they can defend the realm, our overseas territories and our interests around the globe”.

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The party's manifesto also committed to meeting the Nato target of spending at least 2% of GDP on defence (Danny Lawson/PA)

It promised to “maintain the overall size of the armed forces” with an army capable of “fielding a war-fighting division”, and expand its global reach.

The party also pledged to “protect” armed forces personnel from “persistent legal claims” which “cost the taxpayer millions”.

It said it would invest £178 billion in new military equipment over the next 10 years, and promised to complete the Astute class of hunter-killer submarines.

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