Cross-party support against feared army cuts

I noted yesterday how the shadow Welsh Secretary had raised new fears about a Welsh part of the British army on the floor of the House of Commons. He's not alone. An Early Day Motion tabled by Plaid Cymru's parliamentary leader, Elfyn Llwyd, has attracted signatures from all four political parties.

The fear raised by Welsh politicians is that the campaign to keep the Queen's Dragoon Guards has been successful but that the axe might instead fall on a battalion of the Royal Welsh. The wording of Mr Llwyd's EDM explains why that's a cause for concern:

That this House believes that The Royal Welsh should be retained in its current format; notes that the 1st battalion was formed to represent the Royal Welch Fusiliers and that the 2nd battalion represents the Royal Regiment of Wales following its merger in 2006; and is of the opinion that any attempts to cut The Royal Welsh would be detrimental to the status of the armed forces in Wales and would breach previous undertakings that these time-honoured and distinguished regiments would be supported in continuing to exist in this form.