Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to Philip Hammond's interview in today's Sunday Times, said:
“Philip Hammond’s posturing will be of little reassurance to the thousands of service personnel waiting to receive their P45s from the Government.
“Minister have made costly mistakes and failed to reform defence procurement. After the multi-million made-in-the-MoD aircraft carrier mess where Ministers failed to put planes on carriers people will struggle to believe these claims.
“Savings have to be made and we have been upfront about the need for tough decisions in defence, but Mr Hammond will need to substantiate his claims with detailed figures if he wants to restore lost trust.”