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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Commons vote backs Government's Army plans

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond defended the Government's plans to reorganise the Army and said there was no turning back Credit: PA

The Government has won a Commons vote on its plans to reorganise the Army.

Tory Rebels, supported by Labour, tabled an amendment calling for a pause for the coalition to reconsider.

But the Government won the vote comfortably by 306 votes to 252 - a majority of 54.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that despite opposition to the plans, Britain "cannot go back", and the reorganisation would take place.

A tweet from Labour Whips said it looked like 12 Tories and 1 Lib Dem rebel voted against the Government.

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