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Labour announces defence procurement review

Labour has formally launched a review into defence procurement policy with the Shadow Defence Secretary, Jim Murphy MP, working alongside Shadow Minister for Defence Equipment, Michael Dugher, and a panel of distinguished figures acting as advisers.

The review will bring together military, defence and business expertise to focus on both security and industrial priorities. The Review Team will include: Bill Thomas, the former Senior Vice President and General Manager (EMEA) for Hewlett-Packard Company; Tony Roulstone, the former Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Nuclear; and Lord Alan West, the former Chief of the Naval Staff and First Sea Lord.

The review will be open and consultative and will include visits to every region of the UK, meetings with every large company in the defence sector and the supply chain, evidence from defence academia, trade unions and online consultation via the Shadow Defence Team’s website.

The Procurement Review is part of a wider policy review being undertaken by the Shadow Defence Team, which has five strands: Procurement Reform; Future Armed Forces; Future Threats; Future Posture; Future of the Military Covenant; and International Defence Institutions.

In an article for UK Defence Forum today, to coincide with the launch, Jim Murphy argues that we must face up to, and learn lessons from, the mistakes of the past.

The announcement has also been covered today in the Guardian, the Herald Scotland and the BBC

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