Defence cuts to be 'resisted'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has warned he will resist further cuts to the armed forces in Chancellor George Osborne's forthcoming spending review. He said Cabinet ministers believed the greatest burden of cuts should fall on the welfare budget.

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Further cuts will 'erode military capability'

Philip Hammond has told the BBC that he will not be able to make further cuts "without eroding military capability."

We won't be able to make further cuts without eroding military capability.

Of course I understand the Chancellor's challenge. He has to find additional savings in order to consolidate the public finances as we have to do but we need to look broadly across government at how we are going to do that, not just narrowly at a few departments.

– Philip Hammond

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