When will government listen to defence cuts warnings?
Responding to reports that defence minister Tobias Ellwood has threatened to resign if military cuts bring the army below 70,000 soldiers, Liberal Democrat Defence Spokesperson Menzies Campbell said:
"When will the government listen and learn? Former members of all three armed services, informed commentators, members of both Houses of Parliament and now a defence minister have all voiced their deepening anxieties about possible heavy cuts in the defence budget.
"Reducing the army even further, cutting the Royal Marines, and selling surface ships will fracture our defence capability."