MoD 'betrayal' over Argylls and Dragoons future
The SNP has condemned reports that the UK Government are to axe two of the most famous names in Scottish military history, bringing an end to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards as front-line units.
SNP Westminster leader and Defence spokesperson Angus Robertson MP said that, with the recently-announced disbandment of 40 Regiment, the Lowland Gunners, it will mean that one-third – three of the nine Scottish-raised battalions in the army – will have been scrapped by the Tory/Lib Dem coalition.
Mr Robertson said:
“The disbandment of these senior units, which include Scotland’s only regular Cavalry regiment, would be an intolerable betrayal by the UK Government. It brings into focus the shocking decline of Scottish recruited units and starkly exposes the extent to which the UK Government are running-down Scotland’s defence capabilities.
“With the recent disbandment of the 40th Royal Artillery Regiment only 8 of 140 regular units will be Scottish recruited and only three of those, or a shocking 2 per cent, are actually based in Scotland.
“In contrast to the need for a well funded conventional defence presence in Scotland, the reality is completely the opposite. For over a decade Scotland has been short changed, losing more than 10,500 defence jobs and enduring a £5.6billion underspend.
“Nobody outside of Whitehall wanted to see the amalgamation of Scottish regiments – it was a small comfort that the unique identities of the battalions would be preserved and now even that seems to be at risk.
“We should make better defence decisions in Scotland and not leave it to London.”
Reports of the disbandment can be found here: