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Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on reports of rising costs of new aircraft carriers, said: 

"This is yet more evidence that the Government's rushed defence review was not thoroughly thought through or costed.

"Ministers must now be clear with the British public about the real costs of their decisions. This could be a £2 billion bungle. 

“The Government has totally mishandled the UK’s carrier capability and now needs to be totally clear about whether both carriers will be completed and capable of deployment. 

"The SDSR is unravelling and Ministers must give the country confidence that they have a grip of the budget and equipment programme." 

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