Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, said in response to David Cameron's claim at Prime Minister's Questions today that the Tory-led Government has conducted a 'review' of the Strategic Defence and Security Review over the past year:
“This is an incredible statement. The Prime Minister has to publish this supposed review or accept that he has made a serious mistake.
“This will be news to the whole defence community, who will want to assess the findings.
“For months the Prime Minister has been saying a review of the defence review is unnecessary. The only people not confused about the Government’s defence policy seem to be the senior military, who are clear that the Government’s defence review did not survive its first contact with world events.
“I fear that the Prime Minister is trying to cover up his failure to develop a properly strategic defence review, fit for purpose in today’s world.”