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Anti-Army Cuts Protests To Be Lead By Slain Soldiers' Families

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Parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are to take part in protests up and down the country against plans to reduce the size of the army.

Demonstrations are expected to be held at war memorials in cities including Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle, Cardiff and Southampton on July 24.

A protest will also be carried out at the cenotaph in central London.

The demonstrations have been organised by Dee Edwards, who set up the group Protest Against MoD Cuts in response to Thursday's announcement by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that the army cut will be cut from 102,000 to 82,000 personnel.

She said: "What the MoD are doing is completely wrong.

"What happens to all of these thousands of people when they are made redundant - how many more ex-soldiers are going to end up on the streets?

"We will be holding the protests at 11am, the same time as Armistice Day is marked, to remember all the soldiers' lives who have been lost and to think about all the ones that could die in action in the future."