Promise to end defence cuts leaves PM red-faced as Downing Street admits spending will only rise after 2016 | Mail Online

A surprise promise by David Cameron to rule out further defence cuts unravelled today, with Downing Street forced to admit spending will not rise until after 2016.

Travelling in Algeria, the Prime Minister told reporters military spending would rise in real terms after 2015.

But Defence Secretary Philip Hammond today insisted the promise was only that equipment spending would rise by one per cent a year, but other areas would be cut.

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