A BARNSLEY MP has blasted the government’s handling of a ‘crisis’ which has resulted in British Army recruits plummeting.

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, is the Shadow Defence Secretary and criticised a lack of action which has seen local recruits fall by 28 per cent.

Further cuts are planned by the government - and John believes it’s ‘weakened the foundations’ of the country’s defences.

“Conservative ministers have cut the British Army to its smallest size in 300 years, with frontline troops bearing the brunt of these cuts,” he added.( “Our armed forces are essential to our national security and resilience.

“With growing Russian aggression, the government is pushing ahead with further cuts to the army by 10,000 troops over the next three years.

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“Ministers must halt these cuts now.”