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Grant Shapps vowed to finish the “poisonous” woke tradition that has crept into the navy as he right this moment (MON) launched a evaluate of range guidelines.

The Defence Secretary warned there was gradual indoctrination of “controversial leftist thinking” within the armed forces that threatens to “distract” from its foremost job of defending the nation from its enemies.

He mentioned the “drumbeat of those who despise Britain” is failing the military and the general public and vowed to hold out a correct shake up of official steering to lastly restore “common sense” within the companies.

Writing within the Daily Express, Mr Shapps mentioned: “Over time, a woke culture has seeped into public life and it is poisoning common sense discourse. Anyone who questions it is dismissed out of hand. And anyone who does want a woke armed forces would take us back to square one like the Labour Party.

Mr Shapps added: “I am in a position to challenge this philosophy and I will.

“There are serious issues we have to work on and I promise to address those during my term in service.

“But the drumbeat of those who despise Britain, her proud history and the culture of her great people, is failing the Armed Services and the British public.”

Mr Shapps tore into right-on insurance policies corresponding to “divisive” unconscious bias coaching for setting folks in opposition to one another.

And he promised to evaluate “deeply unpopular and troubling” insurance policies corresponding to gender impartial bathrooms, which drive girls to share loos with males.

Mr Shapps is overhauling the Ministry of Defence’s range coverage after it emerged the armed forces are wanting abroad to draw ethnic minority expertise as a result of they’ve did not hit recruitment targets.

The 2023 British Army’s Race Action Plan, outlining measures to spice up illustration, describes safety clearance vetting as being “the primary barrier to non-UK personnel gaining a commission in the Army” and mentioned safety clearance necessities could be challenged.

A separate report, Policy Guidance and Instructions on Inclusive Behaviours, seen by The Telegraph, instructs troopers to keep away from spiritual components in Acts of Remembrance on Armistice Day.

Mr Shapps, who’s Jewish, hit out on the rule and insisted remembrance occasions will “remain Christian”.

He mentioned: “I am committed to improving the working conditions and morale of all those who work in the military and Ministry of Defence.

“This is not only the right thing to do but is key to improving recruitment and retainment in our forces.

“However, time and resources are being squandered to promote a political agenda which is pitting individuals against each other, when what we need is a common set of values which delivers the military we need to defend us and our allies.

“This extremist culture has crept in over years and it is time for a proper shake up, designed to refocus the military on its core mission – being a lethal fighting force. I am therefore commissioning a root-and-branch, fast track review of ethnicity, diversity and inclusivity policies in defence. It is time for common sense instead of divisiveness.

“At a time when the world faces a threat as serious as any time in the last 50 years, I can confirm that it is inconceivable that I would allow a lowering of standards on security clearance.”

Cabinet minister Michael Gove said political correctness should not “impair our ability to defend our borders”.

He mentioned Mr Shapps would guarantee the precise stability is struck between ensuring the navy attracts all of the accessible expertise accessible and ensuring a number of the extra “out there” approaches folks take in the direction of range, fairness and inclusion don’t “impair our capability to defend our borders”.

He instructed Sky’s Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips: “When you’re thinking about who should be in our military, and who should be responsible for the life-and-death actions that determine whether or not all of us can sleep safely at night, then you’ve got to make decisions about personnel and their deployment that are sharper and more acute than in other workplaces.

“Some of the policies that might apply appropriately in other workplaces would not be appropriate in the military.

“We know that there need to be levels of fitness. We know that there need to be appropriate selection criteria in making sure that we have the people whom we want defending our way of life.”

Shadow defence secretary John Healey mentioned: “National security must always be the first priority for any government and our Armed Forces must never relax security checks for recruits.

“But from missing their own hiring targets every year to overseeing the terrible state of military housing, the forces recruitment crisis has been caused by 14 years of Conservative failure.”

An MoD spokesman mentioned: “Our priority is protecting the national security of the United Kingdom and ensuring the operational effectiveness of our armed forces.

“We take security extremely seriously and ensure that all personnel have the appropriate security clearance, which is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.”