Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Michael Fallon caught fibbing over cuts to troop numbers
Michael Fallon was challenged on the Andrew Marr Show today for breaking a Conservative promise not to reduce the size of the Army below 82,000.
Fallon today admitted the size of the army has fallen to 79,000, but tried to claim that the Conservatives had only said they would build the Army up to 82,000 by 2020.
This is despite the Conservative's 2015 manifesto clearly stating "we will not reduce the army to below 82,000."
Paddy Ashdown, former Royal Marine and ex-Liberal Democrats Leader commented:
“Fallon’s fibs are a desperate attempt to try and hide the fact his government has slashed troop numbers, breaking a Conservative promise.
“It’s no surprise Britain's top generals have accused the Tories of deceiving the public over defence cuts.
“The Conservatives have cut the number of Royal Marines and left our troops on the front line without basic equipment.
“Britain needs a strong opposition to stand up for our armed forces and hold this government to account.”
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