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Jim Murphy MP, Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to reports today that future missions elsewhere could be compromised by action in Libya, said:

“Senior RAF officers are clear that Ministers’ decisions will mean within weeks our forces will be at their limit.  We support action in both Libya and Afghanistan, which are important for our own national security, but it is vital that our forces are sufficiently equipped.   
 
“The assumptions, on which the Government’s rushed defence review were based, were fundamentally flawed. It is time to listen to military advice, review the review and provide our forces with capabilities which match our foreign policy ambitions.
 
“This Tory-led Government’s decision to cut too far and too fast must not threaten Operation Ellamy, our standing commitments or our ability to project force overseas in future.”

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