As we are speaking, the defence and security equipment international fair is happening right now in London Docklands where it happens every two years.
It features 1,500+ exhibitors from all around the world displaying arms ranging from sniper rifles to tanks, to combat aircraft to warships. Their joined by trade visitors and military delegations including those from human rights abusing regimes and countries involved in conflict. This fair is organised by clarion events and the British government department defence and security organisation who’s support is crucial to it’s success. But it takes place in secret, behind heavily protected security fences and police lines, designed to allow arms dealers to trade their wares unhindered by transparency or public process and is subsidised by the UK tax payer. I really welcome this report and all the people who have spoken in support of more transparency.