The newly appointed Secretary of Defence, Gavin Williamson MP, is coming under increased pressure at the proposed cuts to the MOD in December’s Defence Review. The Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood has threatened to resign if the size of the British Army is reduced by 12,000 to 70,000 which would include reductions in the Royal Marines. Other defence cuts include the axing of two Assault craft and a reduction in the number of F35 aircraft being bought from the US to equip the two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. There have also been reports that 20 other backbench MP’s will ‘rebel’ if the proposed cuts are implemented. The Cabinet Office review is looking at 12 different strands of UK security including the intelligence services MI5 and MI6 and the surveillance agency GCHQ, as well as the MoD. Against a background of increased terrorist attacks this year, the intelligence agencies appear to be escaping lightly while the armed services take the brunt of the cuts. The Defence Review has been put under further pressure after senior military figures reported that the armed forces are no longer fit for purpose and the army is 20 years out of date. The Defence Review results will be announced early in the new year.