Protests against army cuts

British troops in Afghanistan Photo: Press Association

Parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are taking part in protests against plans to reduce the size of the army.

Demonstrations will be held at war memorials across the region. A list of events can be found below. A protest will also be carried out at the cenotaph in central London.

They protests have been organised by Dee Edwards , who set up the group Protest Against MoD Cuts. It follows an announcement by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that the army will be cut from 102,000 to 82,000 personnel.

What the MoD are doing is completely wrong.

What happens to all of these thousands of people when they are made redundant - how many more ex-soldiers are going to end up on the streets?

We will be holding the protests at 11am, the same time as Armistice Day is marked, to remember all the soldiers' lives who have been lost and to think about all the ones that could die in action in the future.

– Dee Edwards, Protest Against MoD Cuts

From 10:30am the following protests at war memorials are being held in the region:

  • Bolsover
  • Doncaster
  • Leeds Headrow
  • Mansfield
  • Scarborough