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British Army is ‘only big enough to tootle around at home’ so needs proper funding, says Ben Wallace


British Army is ‘only big enough to tootle around at home’ so needs proper funding, says Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

  • Defence Secretary made the remarks during a visit to Oslo in Norway this week
  • He told the Times he was concerned areas of UK defences ‘deeply vulnerable’
  • The UK will soon count 72,500 soldiers, the lowest number in 200-plus years

Britain’s Army is big enough if its only goal is to ‘stay at home and tootle around’, the UK’s Defence Secretary has warned. 

Ben Wallace made the comments during a visit to Oslo, Norway this week, adding that the country’s armed forces needed to be properly funded. 

The government previously pledged to increase military spending to 3 per cent of GDP, but new chancellor Jeremy Hunt has since said the…



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