Saturday, 19 September 2015

Tory Defence Cuts Continue in Scotland


TREASURY OBSESSION WITH NUCLEAR ARSENAL – LEADING TO REAL CAPABILITY GAP

The SNP are today [Saturday] commenting on reports that the number of service personnel employed in Scotland has declined once again. Figures show that there has been a 9.5% reduction of employment levels for the armed forces in Scotland - down by 1,000 - over just one year.

Brendan O'Hara MP, SNP Defence spokesperson commented:

“In the space of one month we have heard the Chancellor announce £500million to upgrade the nuclear deterrent base at Faslane, meanwhile UK government cuts have left our armed forces numbers at a record low.

“David Cameron has his priorities completely wrong. Over the duration of his time as Prime Minister we have seen year-on-year cuts to armed personnel numbers - a staggering loss of 2,800 jobs in just five years.

“These cuts leave the UK over-stretched, over-exposed and under-protected. Our conventional defence assets are being sidelined by the UK government’s obsession with nuclear weapons. This is not only immoral but leaves a significant capability gap in our armed forces."
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