MPs want end to doubts over Yorkshire Regiment’s future

Letter: MPs Angela Smith, Michael Dugher and Dan Jarvis.
Letter: MPs Angela Smith, Michael Dugher and Dan Jarvis.
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South Yorkshire MPs hand delivered a letter to the Defence Secretary urging him to end speculation the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment is to be axed in a cost-cutting cull of the Armed Forces.

Barnsley MPs Michael Dugher and Dan Jarvis MP and Stocksbridge and Penistone MP Angela Smith delivered the letter to Philip Hammond at the Ministry of Defence as speculation over its future mounts.

The 3rd Battalion, currently serving in Afghanistan, recruits heavily from South Yorkshire.

Mr Jarvis, who served in the Paras on tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, said: “David Cameron and Philip Hammond should have the moral courage to inform our forces and their families of their intentions for the future of The Yorkshire Regiment.

“The Yorkshire Regiment are a massive asset to Yorkshire and to the British army.

“The soldiers in the Battalions continue to provide outstanding courage and service - that matters to all of us.

“It’s not unreasonable to ask the PM and the Defence Secretary to end this uncertainty and doubt.”

Mr Dugher said: “It is disgraceful troops risking their lives serving in Afghanistan have to hear speculation from home about their battalion being axed by the Government.

“Philip Hammond should stop this speculation immediately and assure people in the region that their proud local regiment will not be scrapped and its members will not face redundancy when they return from active duty in Afghanistan.”

The letter, which was also signed by Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey said: “We believe that it is unacceptable that Ministers could be planning to axe 3 Yorks at a time when they are today performing their duties magnificently in Afghanistan at very considerable danger.”

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