Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to reports that the 12 Chinook helicopters promised in the defence review will be delayed until after the conclusion of the Afghanistan conflict, said:
“The Government is not honouring its word on Afghanistan. The Prime Minister promised that defence cuts would not impact on the frontline in Afghanistan, but he has reneged on that pledge.
“Ministers said they had plugged the £1bn black hole left by the rushed, botched defence review, but it is our Forces fighting the Taliban who will have to go without.
“Morale is low in the Armed Forces, as increasingly in the Conservatives’ credibility on defence.”
Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to reports that Harrier jump jets have been upgraded, costing £750m, and could be a more cost-effective alternative to current operations in Libya, said:
“There is more and more evidence that Ministers made bad decisions in the rushed defence review. While our Forces are overseas the Harriers are at home, sitting in a hanger costing millions, when many say they could make a valuable and cost effective contribution to the operation in Libya. Meanwhile France has an aircraft carrier off the coast of Libya, while Britain has one for sale online.
“At a time when our Forces are performing heroics overseas it is vital the best possible equipment is available. Recent dramatic events have made the defence review out of date. It needs to be reopened and reviewed.”