Public urged to lobby PM as hacking scandal delays Leuchars decision

Sir Menzies Campbell, MP for North East Fife.
Sir Menzies Campbell, MP for North East Fife.
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THE fight to save RAF Leuchars will go down to the wire after D-Day for the base was pushed back until next week.

A decision on its future had been expected on Monday, but the News of the World phone hacking scandal meant Cabinet discussions over the basing review were put on hold.

And since then it has emerged that 11th-hour lobbying from the Army has left Leuchars’ fate firmly in the balance.

Ministers now face a straight choice between keeping the RAF in north east Fife or ending that 90-year association in favour of re-homing troops returning from Germany.

An announcement is due by Tuesday at the latest — but the Ministry of Defence (MoD) insists nothing has been finalised.

North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell urged supporters of RAF Leuchars to email Prime Minister David Cameron this weekend showing their backing for the base.

He said: “We are in the home straight of the decision making process about RAF bases.

“But there is still time for anyone who has not yet registered their support for the retention of the base to do so by email to the Prime Minister.

“The race is still on until we reach the tape.”

Supporters can email the Prime Minister using the online contact form at https://email.number10.gov.uk/Contact.aspx