Mil­i­tary base may ex­pand

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TAY­SIDE and Fife are in line for a “mas­sive boost” from an SNP plan to base an ex­tra 3,500 mil­i­tary per­son­nel in Scot­land.

The Growth Com­mis­sion’s in­de­pen­dence blue­print cal­cu­lates there will be an “ad­di­tional 2,500 mem­bers of the armed forces based in Scot­land” after se­ces­sion.

It es­ti­mates the civil­ian de­fence work­force for a Scot­tish army may need to in­crease by as many as 1,000.

The re­port es­ti­mates that would be worth £80 mil­lion to the econ­omy though a higher wage bill.

It is hoped that many of those jobs would be based at Leuchars, with a large chunk of that ser­vice per­son­nel in­come be­ing spent lo­cally.

Stephen Gethins, the SNP MP for North East Fife, said: “Any in­crease in per­son­nel num­bers in Scot­land – po­ten­tially at Leuchars – would serve as a mas­sive boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.”

The former Typhoon base was handed over to the Bri­tish Army by the Royal Air Force in 2015.

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