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MPs back govt on army plans

The Government has won a Commons vote on its plans to reorganise the Army. Rebels, supported by Labour, fear the changes will leave the UK short of essential troops and want a pause for the coalition to reconsider.

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Army 'will not have the manpower' after cuts, warns MP

Plans to plug the gap in army personnel numbers created by the austerity programme will leave Britain vulnerable to attack as "we haven't got the manpower", warned a former army colonel.

Rebel Tory MP Bob Stewart told Daybreak there would be "a gap of three years" before the Territorial Army came in to relieve pressure on a stretched army.

"We are going to be getting rid of, for example, four infantry battalions by the end of next year, then there as a gap of three years before the reservists come in and we haven't got the manpower."

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