Dead soldiers' parents in London demonstration

Parents to march in Ministry of Defence cuts demonstration Credit: PA

Parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are to take part in protests up and down the country against plans to reduce the size of the army.

A protest is due to be held at the cenotaph in central London.

Demonstrations are also expected to be held at war memorials in cities including Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester on July 24th. The demonstrations have been organised by Dee Edwards, who set up the group Protest Against Ministry of Defence cuts.

On Thursday it was announced that the army will be cut from 102,000 to 82,000 personnel.

Dee said: "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."