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Tuesday 8th May 2012 | 10:57
SNP condemn UK Government Scottish battalion betrayal
SNP Westminster leader and Defence spokesperson Angus Robertson MP said:
“The disbandment of these senior units would be an intolerable betrayal by the UK Government.
“It brings into sharp focus the shocking decline of Scottish recruited units and starkly exposes the extent to which the UK Government are running-down Scotland’s defence capabilities.
“With the recent disbandment of the 40th Royal Artillery Regiment only 8 of 140 regular units will be Scottish recruited and only three of those, or a shocking 2 per cent, are actually based in Scotland.
“In contrast to the need for a well funded conventional defence presence in Scotland, the reality is completely the opposite. For over a decade Scotland has been short changed, losing more than 10,500 defence jobs and enduring a £5.6billion underspend.
“Nobody outside of Whitehall wanted to see the amalgamation of Scottish regiments – it was a small comfort that the unique identities of the battalions would be preserved and now even that seems to be at risk.
“We should make better defence decisions in Scotland and not leave it to London.”