Hammond urges Tory MPs not to 'throw roadblocks'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has urged Tory backbenchers to give his plan for recruiting more than 10,000 Army reservists a chance, instead of "throwing roadblocks".

Responding to accusations that recruitment targets for the Army Reserve have been missed, he said it was still early days and that he would not tolerate a halt in that process.

He also accused opposition parties of exploiting a Tory rebellion for political advantage.

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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.