Labour: Govt has taken 'huge gamble' over Army cuts

In response to the head of the Army's warning that budget cuts could be "quite dangerous, quite quickly", Labour's shadow defence minister Kevan Jones said:

The Government have cut the Army without a replacement plan in place. The country will worry about strategic shrinkage by stealth.

This stark warning underlines that the Government have taken a huge gamble.

The country will worry that reduced numbers in the absence of reform will limit Britain's ability to meet our ambitions in the world. Our services' morale is continuing to fall.

There are worrying skills shortages in the Army. Rather than salami slicing, strategic purpose should drive the capabilities we have.

Labour has argued for our forces to be reformed around the principles of adaptability and prevention, to focus on training others to defend themselves and trained in stabilisation and language skills. Ministers, by contrast, have focused on savings over strategy.

– Shadow defence minister Kevan Jones

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