UK defence cuts show gulf between ambition and action, says Labour

Ministers challenged over size of army as reduction of 10,000 in troop numbers expected to be announced

Labour has accused the government of presiding over “a gulf between ambitions and actions” before a defence review on Monday expected to confirm a cut of 10,000 in the size of the British army.

The party produced figures suggesting that day-to-day defence spending will be cut by 2.4% in real terms over the course of the parliament, masked by a £16.5bn boost to the capital budget announced last November.

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