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Monday 14th May 2012 | 16:32
Labour Press Release
Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to Philip
Hammond's announcement today on the Ministry of Defence budget, said:
"We will judge today's statement not on reheated slogans but on the detail
published. Procurement reform is essential, but we have little detail to
support grand claims.
"The Government must provide the right balance between flexible force
structures, strengthening Alliances and budgetary stability.
"Short term control of defence costs in order to support careful deficit
reduction needs to be coupled with long term reform. The Government,
however, has been reckless where care was essential and timid when
boldness is required.
"The Defence Secretary has said that there will be no more cuts over and
above what he’s already announced. This will be of little consolation to
the thousands of service personnel yet to be sacked, those facing a £900m
cut to allowances and the veterans and war widows whose pensions are being
"We welcome the additional expenditure on our Forces contained within
today’s statement, but that largely represents a continuation of important
programmes begun by Labour."