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Kevan Jones MP, Labour's Shadow Armed Forces Minister, responding to reports that UK forces stationed in Cyprus may lose part of their savings, said:

“There are thousands of UK service personnel and their families based in Cyprus who could be impacted by this. Some may have served in Afghanistan.

“Ministers must tell us how many personnel and their families could have their savings docked and whether they argued for exemptions for our forces. If not, the country will be angry and will want to know why not.

“Service families have been hit by cuts to allowances and permanent reductions in pensions by the Government. If our forces' savings are raided while they are stationed in Cyprus as part of their military service the whole country will be outraged. Our heroes should not lose out while serving their country.”

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