BAE to support Type 26 assessment phase

LONDON, March 31 (UPI) -- The British Defense Ministry has contracted BAE Systems to develop proposals for an assessment phase of the British navy's new Type 26 combat ships.

Ainsworth announces contracts, agreements

LONDON, March 30 (UPI) -- The British Defense Ministry announced the advancement of several aircraft and weapon programs following the release of new contracts and agreements.

British receive Chinooks for Afghan ops

LONDON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- U.K. defense authorities announced the successful delivery of two new Boeing-made Chinook helicopters with modified engines.

British to change camo for Afghan ops

LONDON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The British Defense Ministry announced plans to change the armed forces' camouflage design to provide troops with improved gear for the Afghan terrain.

British release Future Helicopter Strategy

LONDON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The British Defense Ministry released its Future Helicopter Strategy, which includes purchasing new Chinook helicopters to support operations in Afghanistan.

Ainsworth warns against Afghan withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- British Defense Secretary Bob Ainsworth says the argument that al-Qaida has moved to Pakistani safe havens does not justify troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Official: Delay hurts U.K. Afghan support

LONDON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama's delay in sending more U.S. troops in Afghanistan has contributed to flagging support in Britain for the mission, an official said.

More British troops sought in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- British Defense Secretary Bob Ainsworth, visiting Afghanistan, faced repeated requests from British soldiers there for additional troops, officials said.

London calls for regular defense review

LONDON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- British Defense Secretary Bob Ainsworth has called for following the U.S. procedure of conducting regular defense reviews, at a time when Britain's own strategy update is long overdue.

No new helicopters for Afghan troops

LONDON, July 8 (UPI) -- Britain has no plans to buy new helicopters for its troops in Afghanistan, but will instead transfer existing ones there, the Minister of Defense says.

Britons hail successes in Basra

BASRA, Iraq, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- British defense officials praised the success of the Iraqi provincial elections and general security improvements during a tour of Basra.

British award 15-year munitions deal

LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The British Ministry of Defense has awarded BAE Land Systems Munitions a 15-year contract for a continued supply of modern munitions.

Brit nuke warhead plant closed

LONDON, May 25 (UPI) -- Britain's Trident nuclear warhead program was temporarily suspended for most of the past year because of safety concerns, papers reveal.

British soldiers train with IED simulator

LONDON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- British military officials say soldiers are now training with suicide bomber vests and Improvised Explosive Device simulators for more realistic scenarios.

British troops to move from German bases

LONDON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The U.K. Ministry of Defense announced plans to shift several thousand British soldiers from Germany to the United Kingdom to increase operational capabilities.
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Robert William Ainsworth (born 19 June 1952) is a British Labour politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Coventry North East since 1992, and is the current Secretary of State for Defence, replacing John Hutton on 5 June 2009.

Ainsworth was born in Coventry and attended the local Foxford Comprehensive School. He first became active in politics as a trade unionist at the Jaguar Cars plant in Coventry where he worked and served in many union capacities, including as Branch President (in what was later to become part of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union). At this time he attended "a couple" of International Marxist Group meetings but did not pursue an interest in the group. In 1984, he was elected to Coventry City Council, became Chair of the Finance Committee, and was deputy leader of the ruling Labour group. He was also Constituency Labour Party Chairman.

Ainsworth tried to become Labour candidate for Coventry North East in the run-up to the 1987 general election, after George Park MP announced his retirement, but only came third at the selection meeting, behind John Hughes and Ted Knight. In the run-up to the 1992 general election Hughes was de-selected by the Constituency Labour Party, and Ainsworth became the candidate. He was elected with a 11,676 majority, and stepped down from the city council the following year. At the 1997 general election his majority rose sharply to 22,569, falling back to 15,751 at the 2001 election, and 14,222 at the 2005 election.

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