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David Cameron unveils cuts to armed forces

David Cameron has confirmed defence spending is to be cut by 8% in real terms over four years, as he unveiled the strategic defence review.

He said RAF and Navy numbers would be reduced by 5,000 each, Army numbers by 7,000 and the Ministry of Defence would lose 25,000 civilian staff by 2015.

Mr Cameron assured the Commons that the changes would still enable the country to meet the Nato target of spending 2% of GDP on defence and leave Britain with the fourth largest military in the world.

  • 19 Oct 2010
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