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Tough decisions had to be taken to tackle the multi-billion pound deficit left behind in defence by the previous government, the Ministry of Defence said today, after it faced a rebellion by Conservative MPs over plans to cut the size of the regular Army. A spokesman said:
Conservative MPs have said Government plans to cut the size of the regular Army while increasing the numbers of part-time reservists are "clearly born of financial necessity and not strategic design" and are "high-risk in this increasingly uncertain world".
The Government is facing a rebellion by Conservative MPs over plans to cut the size of the regular Army while increasing the numbers of part-time reservists.
Around 25 Tory backbenchers have written to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond urging him to halt the disbanding of regular units, The Sunday Telegraph said.
In a bluntly-worded letter, they say the Government needs to decide where its priorities lie - "ensuring the defence of the realm or funding white elephants such as HS2". The Ministry of Defence confirmed that it had received the letter organised by backbencher John Baron.