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Torpedo site job cuts withdrawn

Proposals to cut defence jobs linked to testing submarine torpedoes in the Sound of Raasay have been dropped by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The plans to shed 20 posts were announced at the same time as proposed cuts at defence sites on the Western Isles, which were later abandoned.

The MoD has asked contractor QinetiQ to withdraw the Raasay plans.

Defence Minister Quentin Davis has informed local Liberal Democrat MP Charles Kennedy of the move.

Mr Kennedy's office said the minister has promised to visit the test site if new proposals on how it is run are submitted.

Fresh plans are expected later this year.

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