CALDER Valley MP Chris McCafferty has welcomed the decision to create a merged Yorkshire regiment.
The MP was one of the leading lights in the campaign to save the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, which recruits from West Yorkshire.
She said the announcement by Secretary of State Geoff Hoon that the West Yorkshire-based regiment will retain its traditions and identity as a separate battalion within the new regiment was good news.
Mrs McCafferty said: "Most military experts agree that the Army has to be modernised so that our infantry have the right structure and equipment to cope with the changing defence needs of the 21st Century.
"We have to make sure we can deploy our troops with the right capabilities to protect the interests of our country in a less predictable world.
"But the original plans announced by the Army Board in July would have pursued this at the expense of the historical traditions and identity of local regiments, which are vital for the morale of troops and are proven to play a critical role in maintaining high levels of recruitment to the forces from the Halifax and Huddersfield area.
"So I am thrilled and delighted by the announcement."
The decision to keep each of the historic Yorkshire regiments - the Prince of Wales' Own and the Green Howards as well as the Dukes - was a practical and sensible solution.
"It combines the need for modernisation with retaining the best historical traditions and strengths.
"I know that this solution has the strong support of the Generals in Chief of all three of the regiments."