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Downing Street denies Red Arrows due for cuts

he Red Arrows Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team fly in formation over the Queen Victoria Memorial last year. Credit: PA

Downing Street has tweeted to say that any suggestion the Red Arrows would be axed "is wrong."

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy, commenting on a report in the Daily Mirror that the Red Arrows could be axed because of cuts to the defence budget, said Britons would be "dismayed" if it were true.

"The Red Arrows are part of our national character and history," he said.

"The country would be dismayed if they were scrapped to make yet more savings in defence, which the Prime Minister seemed to rule out just days ago."