Mundell welcomes announcement that historic regiments are to be saved
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell has welcomed the announcement by Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond that no current regimental name or cap badge will be lost. Mr Mundell particularly welcomed the news that the Royal Scots Borderers (which draws together the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and the Royal Scots) will remain intact as they have strong links with his constituency, with many families serving for generations.
Mr Mundell has been lobbying within Government to retain the regiments and had raised local concerns with both the Defence Secretary and Prime Minister. Mr Mundell recognises that the Army must be fit for purpose in the 21st century but feels that this is best achieved by building on the historic importance of these regiments not by disbanding them.
Mr Mundell commented: “This announcement is welcome news for the many people across this area who recognise the historic importance of these regiments. Our sense of identity defines who we are as a nation and for these personnel, many of who have strong family links with their regiment, it helps them fight as a cohesive unit. I believe this sense of loyalty and common purpose is beneficial, not detrimental to a modern fighting force.
“This Government has shown that it takes both Scotland and the concerns of those involved in the military serious. I will continue to do everything I can to make sure my constituents’ concerns are heard at the highest levels.”