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Rebuke for David Cameron over cuts to military

Cuts to the armed forces may leave them unable to deliver what is asked of them after 2015, an influential House of Commons committee warned today.

In a serious rebuke to David Cameron, the Defence Select Committee said it rejected the Prime Minister's assurance that Britain retains a "full spectrum" defence capability.

And a toughly-worded report warned that without firm commitments to improved funding in the very near future, Britain's politicians risk "failing" the country's military.

October's Strategic Defence and Security Review outlined plans to reduce the Army by 7,000 and the Royal Navy and RAF by 5,000 each as part of a cost-cutting exercise which also saw the cancellation of equipment including Nimrod MRA4 reconnaissance planes and the early withdrawal of HMS Ark Royal and Harrier jump-jets.

Plans to increase funding after 2015 were "government aspiration, not government policy", said MPs.

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