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MOD SOURCE REVEALS DISCUSSIONS HELD WITH MORAY COUNCIL OVER FUTURE OF KINLOSS BASE

16/08/2016  

A Ministry of Defence source has revealed to Moray MP Angus Robertson that discussions have been held with The Moray Council in recent weeks over the future of the army base at Kinloss.

Local MP Mr Robertson says it is very concerning that the Council appears to been having discussions over the future of a major defence facility in the area but taking no action to highlight the risk of closure of the Kinloss base.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“The emerging details of the threat to the Kinloss army base show that a Tory/Independent run Council has been having discussions with the MoD over the future of the base and they have clearly chosen not to take action to publicly challenge the UK Tory Government on the promises made to Moray.

“The Tories have made promises to Moray. At UK Government level and at Council level in Moray, where the Tories form part of the ruling Administration, there has to be accountability for those promises.

“Where do the Tories stand on this issue? Are they content to see Moray lose an army base only a short time after 39 Regiment have come here? Are they going to abandon the promises made to Moray?

“Many service personnel and their families have made their home in Moray and our local communities are hugely supportive of the bases. To close Kinloss Barracks and reduce the defence footprint even further in Scotland would be totally unacceptable.”

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