Labour MPs back purchase of joint strike fighter

The Labour party on Wednesday evening gave the green light to the purchase of the JSF jet fighter, although it is asking for additional guarantees.

In September, Labour ministers, who had opposed the purchase of the JSF, said they were in favour of the plan, clearing the way for cabinet approval.

The parliamentary Labour party has now given its backing to the purchase. However, it still wants guarantees about the amount of noise pollution people living near to the JSF base will suffer and about the amount of jobs buying the plane will create.

In September, the government said it will buy 37 JSF jets which will keep the cost within the €4.5bn special budget set aside for the purpose. They will cost an additional €270m a year to keep in the air, the Telegraaf reported at the time.


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