Cuts to the Army must be stopped, Labour defence spokesman to say
Cuts to the British Army must be stopped, Labour defence spokesman John Healey to say as the government is expected to shrink manpower to just 73,000 troops by 2025
- John Healey will call on Government to halt ‘hollowing out’ of the Armed Forces
- READ: Top UK general admits troop numbers are not big enough to tackle threats
Sweeping cuts to the Army must be stopped, Labour’s defence spokesman will say today.
But the Opposition will not commit to building up troop numbers despite the security threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
John Healey will call on the Government to halt 13 years of ‘hollowing out’ of the Armed Forces.
This has seen the size of the Army reduced to its lowest number of soldiers since Napoleonic times.
By 2025, the total manpower is expected to shrink to just 73,000 troops.
John Healey (pictured) will call on the Government to halt 13 years of ‘hollowing out’ of the Armed Forces
Speaking at the London Defence Conference, with Polish president Andrzej Duda and Swedish defence minister Pal Jonson, Mr Healey will highlight how the Armed Forces ‘are working with fewer troops and without vital kit, despite increased threats from Putin’s war in Ukraine’.
Today, there are 25,000 fewer full-time troops in the Army than in 2010, according to Labour.
Meanwhile, many hugely expensive defence procurement projects have blown their multi-billion pound budgets and been hit by delays.
Mr Healey will add: ‘Ministers must reboot defence plans by halting Army cuts, ensuring our Nato obligations are fulfilled and renewing Britain’s contract with our forces.’
But Labour will not say how many troops it will ensure are retained.
A Labour source said the party would determine the appropriate size for the Army as part of a strategic defence review to take place during its first year in government.
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