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Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, said in response to a RUSI survey of the defence and security community:

“This is a devastating assessment of the Government’s record on defence.

“Events have exposed the flaws of a rushed review. Experts have little confidence in the Government’s ability to tackle today’s challenges.

“We have capability gaps, a timid industrial strategy and a demoralised defence community.  The legacy of the previous Defence Secretary needs to be corrected. The new Defence Secretary needs to show us he is his own man and sort this out.

“The security landscape is changing, we don’t need more of the same.

“More and more evidence mounts that we need to reconsider the decisions made in the defence review.”

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