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£4.6m for new ceremonial uniforms

Replacing ceremonial uniforms for the Army's guards regiments has cost more than £4.6 million since 2004, MPs have been told.

The cost of replacing the uniforms was described as "crazy" by Liberal Democrat Tim Farron, who uncovered the figures.

More than £1.5 million was spent replacing equipment for the Irish Guards, with the Grenadier Guards having items costing more than £1 million over the six-year period.

In total £4,639,000 was spent on replacing equipment including the famous bearskin hats and red jackets worn by the foot guards.

The figures were released by defence minister Peter Luff in response to a parliamentary question from Mr Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale).

The Lib Dem MP said: "Unfortunately these figures are just typical of the kind of crazy spending which took place in the MoD under Labour's watch.

"Labour ministers will have a hard time justifying spending millions of pounds on ceremonial uniforms while many of our brave troops were forced to wait for lifesaving kit.

"If everyone else is being asked to make savings, then it's only fair that the guards regiments should be asked to do so too."

The figures include money spent replacing ceremonial hats, boots, belts, jackets, trousers and gloves.

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