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Troubles probes are 'hitting Army recruitment'

By Richard Wheeler

Recruitment to the UK's armed forces has been affected by investigations into soldiers who served in Northern Ireland, a Tory former minister has said.

Claire Perry warned she had grave concerns over the "disproportionate politically motivated investigation".

Secretary of State James Brokenshire said changes were needed, including help to pursue cases involving those murdered by terrorists.

He said: "I certainly am struck by the strength of feeling. That's why I do underline the points I have made about how I do think we need to see a change in the system, that the way in which the attention of the State means that cases where, for example, those who have been murdered as a consequence of terrorist activity is not being pursued.

"That is why I think there are mechanisms that do provide for that, why I am intent to take that forward and how, notwithstanding the current issues, that remains a priority."

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