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Stop Welsh Cavalry becoming a casualty of defence cuts - Roger Williams MP

May 31, 2012 5:29 PM
Originally published by Roger Williams MP

Plans to reduce the number of British troops as part of the Strategic Defence Review could see the amalgamation of the 1st Queens Dragoon Guards, bringing to an end the presence of the Royal Armoured Corps in Wales, taking with it over 350 years of history.

Following a visit to Swansea to see the QDG parade, Roger Williams, Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire said:

"Disbandment or amalgamation of this fine regiment would be severely damaging to the Armed Forces in Wales. Notably with regards to regional recruitment, as young Welshmen wishing to join a combat arm of the British Army, other than infantry regiments, will now have to look to England or to Scotland whose armoured regiments are seemingly being protected.

There has yet to be an official statement from the Ministry of Defence regarding the regiment's future. However, if this move were to be carried out, it would leave only the Welsh Guards and 1st and 2nd Battalions the Royal Welsh in Wales.

Commenting, Roger added:

"I understand the challenge faced by the Defence Secretary to cut the Army to 82,000 from 102,000, but a move like this takes no account of regional connections and demonstrates very little appreciation for the efforts of one of the most active regiments in the British Army, having only just returned from its second tour of Afghanistan a month ago, sadly losing two servicemen, and five tours of Iraq.

The QDG are due to parade again for the Diamond Jubilee in June, for more information on the campaign visit www.savethewelshcavalry.com .

Ends Save the Welsh Cavalry - Roger and Jonathan

Image: Roger with Capt (Retd) Jonathan Morgan