Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, in response to reports that the Government is considering a u-turn on its carrier strike policy said:
“The Government’s aircraft carrier policy added cost and delay to the programme and is now confused.
“The defence community will be deeply concerned. This is a strategically vital element of the equipment programme on which our security and thousands of jobs depend.
“Ministers have left Britain in the unenviable position of not having carrier strike capability for a decade with no apparent solution at the end of those ten long years. While France had an aircraft carrier off the coast of Libya, British Ministers are in search of a policy.
“The decision to sell the Harrier fleet appears increasingly reckless and the defence review’s major decisions more and more flawed.
“The country deserves an urgent clarity from the Government. We need to know how carrier strike capability will be delivered, with detail on costs, timescale and interoperability with key allies.”