Barnsley and Dearne MPs support Yorkshire regiment

Barnsley MPs Angela Smith, Michael Dugher and  Dan Jarvis are pictured outside the Ministry of Defence with their joint letter to the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, at the Ministry of Defence.
Barnsley MPs Angela Smith, Michael Dugher and Dan Jarvis are pictured outside the Ministry of Defence with their joint letter to the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, at the Ministry of Defence.
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THREE Barnsley MPs, Michael Dugher, Dan Jarvis and Angela Smith, have hand-delivered a joint letter to the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, at the Ministry of Defence.

They urge Mr Hammond to end damaging speculation that the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment is to be axed.

The three MPs walked from Parliament to the main Ministry of Defence building on Whitehall to personally deliver the missive signed by each of them and by Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey.

The 3rd Battalion, that is currently serving in Afghanistan, recruits heavily from Barnsley and surrounding parts of Yorkshire. The speculation over its future comes shortly before Armed Forces Day on June 30.

Dan Jarvis, who served in The Paras on tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, said: “David Cameron and Phillip Hammond should have the moral courage to inform our forces and their families of their intentions for the future of The Yorkshire Regiment.

“The Yorkshire Regiment is a massive asset, both to Yorkshire and to the British army. The soldiers in the Battalions continue to provide outstanding courage and service – that matters to all of us. It’s not unreasonable to ask the PM and the Defence secretary to end this uncertainty and doubt.”

Michael Dugher said: “It is disgraceful that troops currently risking their lives serving in Afghanistan have to hear speculation from back home about their Battalion being axed by the Government.

“Philip Hammond should stop this speculation immediately and assure people in the region that that their proud local regiment will not be scrapped and its members will not face redundancy when they return from active duty in Afghanistan.”