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A future Labour government would introduce an annual independent review of all defence spending, Jim Murphy has claimed, as he pledged to introduce "discipline and rigour" to the MoD.
Speaking to the party's conference in Manchester, the Shadow Defence Secretary said the National Audit Office would scrutinise all MoD decisions, claiming his team was "clear about the need for defence savings".
"The task for Labour is not just relentless attack – it’s responsible answers," he said. "In opposition we must deal with the issues we would if we were in power."
"We will account for and justify our spending decisions. No smoke and mirrors, no delay in tough decisions, and a culture of consequence."
Writing for PoliticsHome today, Mr Murphy hits out at the Government’s “savings before strategy” approach, and pledges to replace "incompetence and hubris" with accountability.
But Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has rejected his comments, claiming Labour are "in denial over the catastrophic mess they left in Defence".
"Labour still refuse to accept the financial black hole they left behind and the tough decisions this Government has taken to balance the Defence budget. It just shows that Labour isn't learning," he said last night.
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