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Battle for Staffords' name marches on

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 20, 2013

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STAFFORD'S MP has quizzed defence chiefs over plans for the Mercian and the preservation of the Staffords' names and traditions.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Jeremy Lefroy asked representatives of the Ministry of Defence to lay out their plans for the future of the local regiment.

“What discussions has my right honourable friend had over how the Staffords’ name, traditions and role as armoured infantry will be retained in the Mercian Regiment?,” said Mr Lefroy.

Minister of State for Defence Mark Francois said the minsitries policy was that where there were changes in the order of battle it was 'very important that history and traditions of noble regiments' were properly acknowledged.

“I understand that the Mercian regimental council has come up with proposals that are going through an approvals process,” he said. “Providing they are reasonable, which we think they are, we will be happy to endorse them.”

Speaking after the session, Mr Lefroy said: “The name of The Staffords’ is vitally important for recruitment locally to the armed forces and also to retain the link between the Army and Staffordshire.

“I have raised this issue on a number of occasions both in Parliament and with the Army and will continue to do so until the name is secure.”

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