Leader of the western world is 'nowhere to be seen' as Russia ramps up Ukraine offensive says Tobias Ellwood

During an impassioned plea on GB News, Mr Ellwood called on his colleagues in Parliament to help push for more spending to support Ukraine

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Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood has called for a "Churchillian figure" to emerge from the western world in the face of Russian aggression towards Ukraine.

During an impassioned plea on GB News, Mr Ellwood called on his colleagues in Parliament to help push for more spending to support Ukraine.

The MP for Bournemouth East addressed leadership in dealing with Russia's threats from the west, claiming there is currently a "vaccum".

He told GB News in an exclusive interview: "It needs more coordination, there isn't an international leader, there's no Churchillian figure that is drawing all the countries across Europe together.

Tobias Ellwood feels there is a 'vacuum of leadership' in the west.
Tobias Ellwood feels there is a 'vacuum of leadership' in the west.

"The leader of the western world is nowhere to be seen on this front, I'm pleased to see America putting more money in.

"There is a vacuum for leadership, I hope Britain will take that".

Mr Ellwood made the comments following news that British troops will engage in the largest deployment since the Cold War.

Ben Wallace has backed UK service personnel joining with NATO allies.
Ben Wallace has backed UK service personnel joining with NATO allies.

Around 8,000 British Army troops will take part in exercises across eastern Europe to combat Russian aggression in one of the largest deployments since the Cold War.

Vladimir Putin has continued his offensive on Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin has continued his offensive on Ukraine.

Dozens of tanks will be deployed to countries ranging from Finland to North Macedonia this summer under plans that have been enhanced since the invasion of Ukraine.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the “show of solidarity and strength” will see UK service personnel joining with NATO allies and those from the Joint Expeditionary Force alliance, which includes Finland and Sweden, for the exercises.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the action had been long planned, but that it had been enhanced since Russia invaded its neighbour in late February.

Mr Ellwood warned that the "tempo" of activity is "not sustainable".

He told GB News: "This conflict has now gone on for coming up to over two months, it's taking a toll on our armed forces.

"It's depleting our own weapon systems as well, I plea to my Parliamentary friends, please recognise, we do need to increase defence spending".