Greater Manchester councils join in Royal Fusiliers fight
Published: 30th Jul 2012 11:56:36
Greater Manchester's 10 councils have united to urge the government to save the Second Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
The battalion, which recruits from Greater Manchester, is to be disbanded in 2014 as part of Army cuts.
The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (Agma) members voted to back the campaign to keep the regiment.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said the Army would be a "forward-looking, modern fighting machine".
Ministers are proposing to cut Army personnel from 102,000 to 82,000 following previous overspends on defence.
The restructuring was drawn up under a plan by Lt Gen Nick Carter called Army 2020.
Agma chair Lord Peter Smith said: "[It] will decimate a proud battalion of men that has seen the loyal service of Greater Manchester soldiers who have trained hard to become the incredibly well-trained and disciplined heroes of conflicts around the world."
Leader of Bury Council Mike Connolly, who has been appointed by Agma as its champion for the Fusiliers campaign, said closing the regiment was an "insult" to Greater Manchester Fusiliers.
He said: "The decision to scatter these loyal soldiers is utterly unfair as these men have pledged their unquestionable allegiance to their regiment, who will now be unceremoniously deployed across the army into less successful battalions than their own."
Four infantry battalions are to close under the savings: the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards); the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment; and the 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh; as well as the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
The Royal Fusiliers has served in every major campaign since 1674, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
At 00:01:17 in BusinessThe UK has edged up the global rankings in a major annual economic survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
At 23:56:35 in HeadlinesTwo US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one of them on death row, have been released after DNA evidence proved their innocence.
At 23:19:39 in SportBritain's Andy Murray is relishing the prospect of facing world number one Novak Djokovic in a US Open night session.
At 22:55:30 in SportManager Gordon Strachan admits Scotland are in a battle for second spot as they prepare to kick off their campaign to reach the 2016 European Championships.
At 22:40:28 in HeadlinesA British hostage is among those being held by Islamic State militants, Number 10 has confirmed.
At 22:22:11 in SportOlympic track cycling champion Laura Trott has left the Wiggle-Honda road racing team and signed for British outfit Matrix Fitness Vulpine.
At 22:21:45 in SportChampions Cliftonville surrendered top spot in the Irish Premiership as a result of being by Linfield.
At 21:57:38 in SportGael Monfils dug deep to beat seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov and reach the US Open quarter-finals.
At 21:49:53 in SportBallymena bounced back from Friday's defeat at Glenavon by narrowly beating Institute at the Showgrounds.
At 21:45:54 in SportRoss County chairman Roy MacGregor says Patrick Kluivert remains in contention to become the Staggies' new manager.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Greater Manchester councils join in Royal Fusiliers fight [Online] (Updated 30th Jul 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1443460/Greater-Manchester-councils-join-in-Royal-Fusiliers-fight [Accessed 3rd Sep 2014]
News In Other Categories
A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.
A man has been found guilty of bombarding a Labour MP with abusive messages on Twitter after she supported a feminist campaign.
A film telling the story of how the 1984-85 Miners Strike united two utterly disparate sections of society is receiving its West End premiere.
Apple has confirmed that some celebrities' iCloud accounts were broken into, but says it has found no evidence that this was caused by a breach of its security systems.
Britain's Andy Murray is relishing the prospect of facing world number one Novak Djokovic in a US Open night session.
Two US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one of them on death row, have been released after DNA evidence proved their innocence.