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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Reversing Army reorganisation 'would be destabilising'

The Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall, has said that a Tory rebellion to stop cuts to the numbers of regulars in the armed forces would have a "destabilising" effect.

We are well on our way to implementing this plan. To reverse course at this stage would be destabilising and damaging.

Increasing and rebuilding the Army Reserve is crucial to delivering the fighting force of the future.

To do otherwise would leave a gap in our capability and deprive talented young people of an opportunity to benefit from military service.

– General Sir Peter Wall

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