5 Jul 2012
The Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, has today announced that the names and cap badges of Scotland’s battalions will be retained.
The decision comes after Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson raised the matter directly with the Prime Minister to firmly put forward Scotland’s case.
She argued the importance of preserving the regimental names and traditions.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:
“As a former reservist, I know from first-hand experience the unsurpassed professionalism and dedication of the men and women of our United Kingdom Armed Forces.
“Scotland has played a proud role in defending our shores and fighting for freedom and democracy around the world.
“One of the core strengths of our army is the regimental and battalion names – the Golden Thread – and that is why I fought Scotland’s corner hard to keep them.
“I had no hesitation in raising these issues with David Cameron and I’m delighted the Prime Minister and Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence, recognised the strength of these arguments.
“As a result we have an army fit for purpose for the world we face today and a continued pivotal role for the fine soldiers who wear the cap badges of Scotland.”