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Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, in advance of members of the Armed Forces who are being made redundant under Tranche 2 leaving tomorrow, said:

“The Government have cut the Army without a replacement plan in place. They should put as much energy into recruiting Reservists as they do into sacking soldiers.

“The country will worry that reduced numbers in the absence of reform will limit Britain’s ability to meet our ambitions in the world.

“Labour has argued for our Forces to be reformed around the principles of adaptability and prevention, to focus on training others to defend themselves and trained in stabilisation and language skills. Ministers, by contrast, have focused on savings over strategy.

“There must be greater support for members of the Forces and their families to transition from military to civilian life.”

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