Questions from Theresa May MP have exposed the fact that 181 Ministry of Defence civil servants received average bonuses of £6,511 but servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan only received operational bonuses of £2,240 on average.

The Shadow Leader of the House of Commons told The Sun:

"At a time when our troops are up against equipment shortages and face personnel cutbacks, these bonuses for bureaucrats beggar belief.  Our service men and women do their jobs with great skill and bravery and fight for our freedom. They deserve better.”

Theresa May begins a weekly column for ConservativeHome this coming Friday.

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