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7:01am 15th January 2014

There could be a U-turn on plans to move Cornwall's part time soldiers to Devon.

The government announced it wants to move D Company The Rifles from the Duchy to Barnstaple and Plymouth.

Now the Defence Secretary has confirmed they are looking again at the move, due in 2016.

It was part of sweeping reforms to the reservists, formerly known as the Territorial Army.

It is after Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton warned it was already having an impact in the Duchy: "The continued uncertainty over the Rifles reservist base in Truro is impacting on recruitment.

"People in Cornwall really do want the opportunity to serve their nation in this way."

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond replied: "The Minister for the Armed Forces tells me that he discussed that issue recently.

"We are looking at the decision on reserve basing in Cornwall. We have announced our plans for reserve basing, but have indicated that there is flexibility in those plans.

"We must, of course, recruit where the recruits are available. We recognise that necessity.”

7:01am 15th January 2014

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