Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers in construction, Rosyth
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UK military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Gates warns

16 January 2014 Last updated at 23:38 GMT

UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned.

The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000.

The prime minister said Mr Gates was wrong and that the UK was a "first class-player in terms of defence".

Jonathan Beale reports.