Supporting our Armed Forces

The armed forces are a key part of the identity of West Oxfordshire.  RAF Brize Norton is the largest military air base in Europe and home to a third of the Royal Air Force, and those who live and work at the base contribute strongly to our community.

As the Vice Chair (RAF) for the Armed Forces APPG, and with a personal interest in the RAF, I am working hard in Parliament to speak up on behalf of our armed forces and helping to ensure that West Oxfordshire remains a military hub for years to come.


Robert Courts welcomes Secretary of State for Defence to RAF Brize Norton

Robert Courts welcomed the Secretary of State for Defence and Chief of the Air Staff ACM Sir Stephen Hillieron to RAF Brize Norton.  It was a real pleasure to show where the hard-working servicemen and women of West Oxfordshire work.  But I think all of us know that Ally the RAF Police dog was th

'Grateful for the resolute response to Salisbury'

You can read my latest monthly column for the Witney Gazette, here:

Here in West Oxfordshire, we have a unique tie to the armed forces, as we have the largest military airport in Europe, and the home of one third of the RAF, at Brize Norton. 

Robert Courts visits Enstone Flying Club

On his constituency day, Robert Courts visited Enstone Flying Club, meeting with members and discussing all things aviation.  Robert has been on many constituency visits to RAF Brize Norton to see their extremely large military aircraft, so he enjoyed the opportunity to try out a slightly more li

Combat Air Strategy question in Parliament

Robert has been campaigning for a coordinated strategy for defence procurement, and so strongly welcomes the Government's announcement that it will be creating one.

Robert welcomes £260m deal that will keep jobs at RAF Brize Norton

Robert was very pleased at today's announcement by Minister for Defence Procurement, Guto Bebb, that a £260m deal has been signed with the US, keeping C-17s in the air for the next decade and securing jobs at RAF Brize Norton and with the 99 Squadron.