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These figures show yet another shocking fall in the size of our Armed Forces

Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on the publication of the Quarterly Service Personnel Statistics, which show that the number of personnel in the Army, RAF, Royal Navy and Royal Marines has fallen for the eighth consecutive year, said “These figures show yet another shocking fall in the size of our Armed Forces.

“Despite warm words from Conservative Ministers it is clear that they have no plan whatsoever to stem this appalling decline.

“At a time when our country faces growing security challenges, it is simply unacceptable for the Government to be running down our Armed Forces in this way.”