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Up to 9,000 more troops could be axed

The Daily Mirror is reporting today that up to 9,000 more troops could be axed with others facing longer tours of duty. 

The Government has already announced over 7,000 redundancies, but the article states that ministers are now planning even more savage cuts to the front-line, resulting in up to 16,000 soldiers being put out of work.  

Only last week, the Prime Minister promised to look after the troops during a visit to Helmand province, but the news of thousands of more redundancies comes on top of a pay-freeze and drastic cuts to allowances.

Quoted in the The Daily Mirror article, Shadow Defence minister Michael Dugher said: “One minute he is posing for photos with the Armed Forces in Afghanistan, the next he is considering making them serve for longer tours of duty, with the threat of even greater cuts to come.”

Read the full article here: Up to 9,000 more troops could be axed with the rest facing longer tours of duty

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