The MoD's financial black hole was such a threat that we had to get on with reducing our civilian headcount. We had to make tough decisions to get our finances back into balance and this included a plan to reduce the Civil Service by 32,000 by 2020 to ensure we can deliver more resources to the front line. We are now transforming Defence to create a smaller, more efficient, professional Ministry of Defence that is back in balance.
More top news
Cloud and rain will continue to spread across Northern Ireland and Scotland through the day. The rain will be accompanied by a strong wind.
Two Birmingham men have been found guilty of funding Brussels airport bombing suspect Mohamed Abrini - known as "the man in the hat".
The actor was best known for his role as Maester Aemon in the TV hit and sitcom Porridge.