SNP Westminster Leader and Defence Spokesperson, Angus Robertson MP, has hit out at reports the MoD is planning to axe a Scottish infantry unit as part of its efficiency saving program. Mr Robertson said that Scotland had already endured a decade of defence cuts under Labour and warned that the Tories risked making a sham of their respect agenda by making further reductions.
Commenting, Mr Robertson said:
“Thirteen years of Labour Government saw Scotland’s historic regiments amalgamated and over 9500 defence jobs lost North of the Border. The Conservative haste to wield the axe even further makes a sham of David Cameron’s respect agenda.
“Infantry units are already overstretched and underfunded in Afghanistan and cutting manpower further will only make this situation even more dangerous.
“Instead of reducing troop numbers and decimating Scotland’s military traditions, the Conservative Party should commit to scrapping Trident – an abhorrent waste of money which does nothing to enhance national security.”