Shadow Defence secretary, Jim Murphy
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Army redundancies: 'Kick in the teeth' says Jim Murphy

Nearly 4,500 army personnel are being told they have been made redundant in the third and biggest round of job cuts since the 2010 defence review.

They are part of a long-term plan to cut the number of regular soldiers by 20,000. Over 80% of personnel have taken voluntary redundancy, with 715 personnel taking compulsory redundancy.

Ministers said the cuts were "unavoidable" but shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy says they are "a kick in the teeth for our armed forces".

  • 18 Jun 2013
  • From the section UK
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