Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, speaking in response to Liam Fox’s comments today, said:
“All governments have been affected by issues concerning defence spending and we welcome reform to MoD procurement. This builds on the work we did in government, especially the review we commissioned from Bernard Gray.
“While we support Liam Fox’s words, we will judge him by his actions. His rushed defence review was not properly costed and is being reopened to find an additional £1bn cuts in the equipment programme.
“We are worried that in making cuts that are too deep and too fast, there is a real danger that serious mistakes are being made. That is simply unacceptable for our Armed Forces and their families.
“The Labour Party has launched a review in to defence procurement and is committed to ensuring a sustainable UK defence industry supports our national security needs.”