In response to David Cameron removing Prof Alasdair Smith as Chair of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, said:
“The removal of Professor Smith from Chairmanship of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body is punitive and incompetent.
“The Review Body exists to make independent recommendations on Forces’ pay and it seems that the problem was that the advice was just too independent.
“Professor Smith has been removed for doing the job he was asked to do. A government has the right to take the unusual step of not agreeing to the independent recommendations but to then refuse to renew the contract of the Chairman smacks of intolerance.
“This out of the blue decision also leaves the Pay Review Body without a Chair at a crucial time for our Forces and their families; it takes government incompetence to a new level.”