Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin calls debate on RMLY decision

Dudley MP Ian Austin has been granted a debate in Parliament to raise concerns about the decision to abolish Dudley’s TA regiment.

He called for the debate after Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced in July that the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry is to make way for a new Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry.

Whilst the size of the TA is to increase across the country, the West Midlands will lose units at Kidderminster, Burton and Walsall.

The Dudley squadron is set to merge with Telford and regimental HQ will be transferred from Telford to Croydon – over 190 miles away.

Austin will us the debate to warn that the changes could put the long-term future of the TA in Dudley in doubt as running the unit from such a long distance away will inevitably be more difficult.

The debate will take place in Westminster Hall at 4:30pm on Tuesday 10 September.

Ian Austin MP said:

“The RMLY was a popular and expanding regiment with deep roots in the local community. The Defence Secretary should have listened to the supporters and families of RMLY officers and reservists.

“People in Dudley make an enormous contribution to the country through our local TA base but the new HQ will now be over 190 miles away in Croydon.

I have called this debate because I’m worried these changes will put the long-term future of the TA in Dudley in doubt. I’m concerned it will be much harder for the local TA to sort out problems, get support with training and recruit new members.”

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