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Jim Murphy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, said in response to the revelation that Liam Fox will not be allowed to present the Strategic Defence Review to Parliament next week:

"Everyone knows that Liam Fox is deeply unhappy about this Spending Review masquerading as a Defence Review, and now he has been relieved of his duty and won't even be allowed to present the plans to Parliament.

This Defence Review has been rushed. The Government plans to make permanent changes to our Armed Forces in a hasty review that will affect our country in a fundamental way. This is no way to behave when dealing with one of the most important issues the Government will ever face."

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