Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith has today written to the Prime Minister urging him to step in to ensure the Queen's Dragoon Guards (known as the Welsh Cavalry) is not abolished as part of a defence review.
The UK Government says no decision's yet been made. But Owen Smith has asked David Cameron to make sure the regiment is safeguarded. Here's an extract:
Dear Prime Minister,
I understand your Government is intending to abolish 1st the Queen's Dragoon Guards (The Welsh Cavalry) as part of cuts to the British defence budget and an announcement could be made as early as this week.
It was reported in the Sunday Times that you intervened personally to safeguard the future of three Scottish regiments. I hope you will offer 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards that same protection.
There are now just three named regiments in Wales, compared with six in Scotland and sixty in England. Abolishing the Welsh Cavalry would be seen by many as another example of Wales being hit disproportionately hard by Government cuts...
... The Welsh Cavalry is the most senior frontline British force, it has a proud history and culture. Welsh soldiers join because they want to fight for their country as part of the British Army. It would be a tragedy to lose this. I urge you to intervene.