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MP calls for MoD to rethink disbandment of TA regiment

Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, Emma Reynolds, has called on the Ministry of Defence to rethink the Government’s proposal to disband The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian regiment.

The regiment of the Territorial Army, which has bases in a number of locations across the West Midlands, is set to be disbanded in a major Government shake up of reserve forces.

In a letter written to the Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond MP, Emma Reynolds asked the Government to explain the rationale for the disbandment and called on the Government to reconsider its decision.

Army training exercise in Shropshire

4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment

Soldiers from The 4th Batallion, the Mercian Regiment are taking part in a public order training exercise today in Shropshire.

It's ahead of their deployment to Cyprus.

During the exercise 90 troops will be dealing with crowds wielding batons and throwing petrol bombs.

4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive/Press Association Images

4 Mercian is an army reserve unit and will soon be sending 58 soldiers to Cyprus to take part in a UN peacekeeping mission in the country.

They will fly out at the end of March and return in October.

4 Mercian has troops from TA centres across the Midlands including Birmingham, Mansfield, Stoke, Burton and Kidderminster and Wolverhampton.

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Territorial Army recruitment weekend arrives in Nottingham

Vehicles on display during TA recruitment weekend Credit: ITV Central

The Territorial Army has taken over Market Square in Nottingham today as part of a recruitment drive.

Current soldiers have been on hand since this morning offering advice on different careers in the TA, including medics, gunners, engineers and infantry.

Various artillery arrived for potential recruits to look around Credit: ITV Central

Various trucks and artillery are on display for potential recruits to get up close and personal with the vehicles and technology that's currently being used by the TA.

The event has been organised as part of a recruitment campaign to try and get young men and women interested in joining the TA.

The weekends recruitment event is taking place on Market Square, Nottingham Credit: ITV Central

The TA works alongside regular soldiers in the British Army.

The recruitment drive will continue tomorrow (13 January) on Market Square in Nottingham.

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