Archbishop of York: Defence cuts 'compromise UK safety'

The Archbishop of York warned that defence cuts will compromise Britain's safety as he delivered his Christmas message overseas. In an interview with British Forces Broadcasting Service, Dr John Sentamu said:

"My greatest anxiety... is that these defence cuts need to be done with far, far greater sensitivity because we live still in a world that is very fragile and there are people out there still, wanting to do harm to ... many, many people.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu warns of consequences over defence cuts. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

He added: "To replace professionally trained, full time serving soldiers with part-timers, I'm afraid, for me, I don't think that can be the backbone of the British army."