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From Afghanistan to redundancy to guarding Wimbledon

Patrick Mercer MP has said he is disappointed to hear that soldiers from his former regiment, The Mercian Regiment, are to guard the Olympic tennis just after returning from a tour of Afghanistan and learning that their jobs are likely to be axed under Government cuts.

He also told ITV News that he believed G4S had many suitable applicants for the posts, but that they might have been put off by the low pay.