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Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary,
reacting to reports today that there may be longer ‘continuity posts’ for Armed Forces in Afghanistan, said:

“People would be shocked if at the time some servicemen and women are being made compulsorily redundant their colleagues are asked to serve longer tours in one of the most dangerous places in the world.

“Ministers have repeatedly said that their cuts programme will not impact on the frontline in Afghanistan and the country will expect the Government to keep its promises.

“Any decision must be based on military advice and not a consequence of this Government’s rushed deficit reduction plan.”

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