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MP Robert Halfon backs campaign for new royal yacht

News / Thu 28th Dec 2017 pm31 05:09pm

A CAMPAIGN to commission a new royal yacht has been backed by Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

Royal Yacht Edinburgh

A letter sent to ministers urging the government to support the project was co-signed by 50 MPs.

The MPs argue that, as the UK leaves the European Union, now is the time for a new Royal Yacht Britannia as a new symbol of Global Britain, designed and built domestically to showcase the best of UK shipbuilding and industry and as a platform for promoting trade.

Paid for by a new lottery, along with other complementary sources of funding, there will be no call upon departmental budgets to pay for the vessel, he has said.

The previous royal yacht, HMY Britannia, was controversially decommissioned by Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1997 after more than 40 years in service.

A secret naval design for a replacement for Britannia was drawn up by naval staff and approved by representatives of the Royal Family but the Labour Government refused to pay for it.

HMY Britannia, which is now a visitor attraction in Edinburgh, conducted 968 official visits and clocked up more than a million miles at sea.

On her last deployment to the Far East, commercial trade deals of some £2.75bn were signed on board to the benefit of the UK.

Royal Yacht

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4 Comments for MP Robert Halfon backs campaign for new royal yacht:

jolenecharles
2017-12-28 19:54:23

Shame on him. Noticed he avoided the photograph. I guess he thought his signature on this letter would go un noticed. Typical Tory

staff.reporter.ate.my.hamster
2017-12-28 20:36:00

Is this some sort of cruel joke?!! Seven years into cruel and unnecessary austerity where all of our public services have been cut and the most vulnerable in society targeted, we are expected to find money to pay for a find money for a new luxury yacht??!! If Halfon is backing this then he is a deluded fool. Britain doesn't need a colonial era penis-extension, we need a society we can actually live in!! Save Britain-Tories out!!

carra
2017-12-29 07:49:07

I think this is a fantastic idea If people wish to purchase the tickets.

simoncarter
2017-12-29 15:45:30

Having printed the correction wouldn't it be good practice to remove this story as being totally untrue? Can't have you starting the new year hosting fake news!

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