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Mercian Regiment facing cuts

Mercian regiment which recruits in the Midlands is to lose a battalion as part of the cuts announced in the House of Commons today. Photo: PA

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed that the Mercian Regiment, which recruits in the Midlands is to lose a Battalion as part of the cuts announced in the House of Commons today.

The 3rd Battalion, formerly known as the Staffordshire Regiment is to be disbanded reducing the regiment to two Battalions.

The local MP Joan Walley says the news will be greeted with anger and dismay.

The government defended the cuts saying they will result in a leaner, more efficient army, equipped for the challenges in the years to come.

The Battalion is currently stationed in Germany and the cuts will begin to take effect after October 2014.

In total five Battalions across the British Army will go, as the MOD work to reduce army numbers by a fifth by the year 2020.

Much greater emphasis will be placed on building reserve forces.

The Secretary of State said what drives the changes announced today was a need to have a sustainable force ready to respond to increasingly fluid global challenges.

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