Pay cut for Paras is an outrage

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It is an outrage that thousands of paratroopers face a pay cut of as much as 10 per cent.

This desperate attempt by the Ministry of Defence to save more money is a terrible body blow to our brave soldiers, including the those who have just returned from Afghanistan.

Chopping the Para Pay bonus may well save the MoD more than £4m a year but many of the paratroopers take home little more than £1,000 a month and losing £180 a month will hit them hard. And they are already subject to a two year pay freeze and face possible redundancies.

The morale of our soldiers who are prepared to pay the ultimate price for this country is touching rock bottom.

They deserve respect, thanks and a decent wage - not a kick in the teeth by short-sighted penny pinchers.

Godfrey Bloom

UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire