Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting the Government’s defence plans, said:
“As a result of the decisions taken by the Tory-led Government the UK as of tomorrow morning does not have any aircraft carrier in service. Ark Royal has been decommissioned and Illustrious is in for major refit.
“At the same time, Ministers are flogging off Navy ships and can’t secure contracts for the new frigates they promised.
“In a world of enormous uncertainty serious people are asking big questions about Britain’s military capabilities and ministerial complacency.
“This is further evidence of why Ministers should stop, think again and reopen the defence review.”