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Backing for the Welsh Cavalry campaign


MPs back Welsh Cavalry campaign
MPs and AMs yesterday saddled up to show their backing for the campaign to save the Welsh Cavalry.
The Daily Post has reported the growing concern over the future of the Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG) – with a looming review of the British Army that could see cuts of 20,000 troops.
Welsh Cavalry veterans and Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith have launched the campaign to fight for the famous old regiment – one of only three remaining with cap badges in Wales.
Delyn Labour MP David Hanson told the Daily Post: "I think it is important we have a Welsh identity for recruitment and for the public to identify with.
 “These proposals will lose that identity and I have had constituents raise this already.”
Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones said: “At a time when young men and women from our Welsh communities have been providing international security, it is important we support a historic regiment with ties to Wales.”
Labour Clwyd South AM Ken Skates has raised a statement of Opinion at the Welsh Assembly and is urging other AMs to sign.
"The suggestion is the QDG may be sacrificed instead of a Scottish regiment in a bid to appease voters ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence.
"This is completely the wrong basis on which to tear up a hugely valued part of Wales' very proud military history.”
Carl Sergeant, the Assembly Minister with responsibility for the Armed Forces, said the QDG had just returned from their second tour of Afghanistan, where they suffered loss of life fighting for their country.
“The strong Welsh identity of a regiment where 75% of the serving members are Welsh is extremely important – knowing that their future is at risk is hardly the welcome home they expect or deserve."
Other Labour politicians backing the campaign include Ian Lucas and Albert Owen, MPs for the strong recruiting areas of Wrexham and Ynys Mon respectively, and Mark Tami, Alyn & Deeside MP.
There is also support from other parties, with MPs signing a Commons Motion backing the QDG, including Plaid Cymru Westminster leader and Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP Elfyn Llwyd.
Ceredigion Liberal Democrat Mark Williams has signed, along with three Democratic Unionist Party MPs and three Conservatives, including David TC Davies, chairman of the Commons Welsh Affairs Committee.
Mrs Gillan has written to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to stress the importance of Welsh regiments, including the QDG, as part of the British frontline force and to communities in Wales.
"The Secretary of State has also written to Owen Smith to reassure him no decisions have been taken in the Army 2020 review."
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