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MP reveals soldiers are being forced to live in shipping containers

An MP has revealed how soldiers living in rat-infested Army barracks are now being forced to sleep in shipping containers.

The substandard accommodation was raised by MP Helen Morgan, who had been contacted by a furious soldier at the 'squalid' HQ, which is reportedly plagued by rats and has junior soldiers staying in overcrowded rooms.

Ms Morgan, who represents North Shropshire, said about 40 shipping containers have been set up at the ageing base, which is home to the Royal Irish Regiment and is set to be closed in 2029.

The 15ft long ad 6ft wide cabins have been likened to prison cells by soldiers staying there.

Hilary Meredith-Beckham, chair at Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester said: “This is an appalling way to treat our servicemen and women. It is totally inexcusable. No wonder the British Army faces recruitment issues.”

Added Hilary: “Unfortunately, there is a consistent theme here.

“From death and injury in service claims to pensions and procurement issues, the MoD is treating our servicemen and women with disdain. The MoD has been a closed shop for too long. Public scrutiny is long overdue.”


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