RAF Molesworth

1st March 2019

Shailesh Vara MP has welcomed the announcement by Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood MP, in the House of Commons to retain RAF Molesworth in his constituency.

Mr Ellwood said that RAF Molesworth was one of five sites that having originally been earmarked for disposal, will now be retained. Mr Ellwood added that the site will continue to be used by the United States Visiting Forces.

The decision is part of the Defence Estate Organisation Programme which is being carried out by the Ministry of Defence.

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP, also wrote to Mr Vara informing him of the retention of RAF Molesworth, saying that it has an ongoing defence use.

Mr Vara said:

“Whilst this news was expected it is nevertheless welcome confirmation. The close cooperation between the UK and the US will continue at the base and it is also very good news for the local economy in the area, which has much input from all those at the base.

Letter from Defence Secretary, Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP