Politics threaten Welsh Cavalry, says MP Madeleine Moon


Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon claims the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, also known as the Welsh Cavalry, is "seen to be the most vulnerable" under planned defence cuts due to "political interference".

She told BBC Wales's am.pm programme on Wednesday that Downing Street has told the Ministry of Defence (MoD), "don't touch the Scottish regiments" because of a concern about how the Scottish public would react to the move during a vote on independence.

The MoD has been asked to comment on the claim while it maintains no decision has been taken.

The UK government plans to cut the number of British troops from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020.

Ms Moon said "What I'm not happy about is hearing that there are political implications being taken into consideration in relation to which regiments will go.

"We've heard that a message has come out of Downing Street telling the Ministry of Defence not to touch the Scottish regiments because they don't want to influence the vote on independence. So that means we're more vulnerable."

Ms Moon also claims that unlike the three remaining Welsh regiments, which take most of their soldiers from Wales, seven of the eight Scottish regiments rely on recruiting people from "out of area".

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