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

Added 11-24-22 10:36:02pm EST - “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.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “UK Army 'only big enough to tootle around at home', says Ben Wallace ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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 defence budget will not rise before an update on the integrated review of foreign policy. 

It comes as the Army is set to shed around 10,000 troops as part of cost-cutting plans approved by ministers last year. 

The UK will soon count just 72,500 soldiers, the lowest number since the Napoleonic Wars more than 200 years ago. 

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