Barracks in Capital hit by sackings

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CITY-BASED soldiers face further redundancies as part of the UK government’s defence cuts, an MSP has warned.

Figures released earlier this month showed a total of 50 redundancies at the city’s Dreghorn barracks and 40 at nearby Redford in the first three tranches of Ministry of Defence job losses.

A further tranche of redundancies is expected next year.

Edinburgh Pentlands SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald said defence minister Mark Francois had said that a small number of medical and dental officers from the Royal Navy and RAF were likely to be included in the fourth tranche and therefore the vast majority of job losses were likely to be from the army.

He said: “The two Edinburgh barracks have been affected in the three previous tranches and if this pattern continues then personnel at Redford and Dreghorn ­Barracks are looking at further redundancies imposed from Westminster.”

Mr MacDonald has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament condemning the job losses announced so far and highlighting the threat of more.