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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Lib Dem push for welfare saw Hammond speak out

Vince Cable and Danny Alexander's comments apparently provoked Philip Hammond. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond spoke out against prospective cuts to the armed forces following comments by Lib Dem ministers Danny Alexander and Vince Cable, a Whitehall source has said.

Their calls for welfare to be protected and defence to be cut apparently prompted their Conservative Cabinet colleague to go public.

"There is a real concern that the Lib Dems wants to protect the benefits culture at the expense of the armed forces," the source said.

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