News Lord Butler himself was asked to investigate two cases of potential ministerial misconduct

Britain’s most senior civil servants should no longer be asked to investigate accusations of ministerial misconduct because they do not have the “powers” to get to the truth, the former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Robin Butler, has suggested.

General Sir Peter Wall named new head of Army

General Sir Peter Wall is to be the next professional head of the British Army, it was announced today.

Farnborough Sketch: Fox fires first salvo in battle of spending cuts

The deafening engines and implausible physics of the Farnborough International Air Show yesterday were accompanied by the giddy air of the recently reprieved.

Richards is new Chief of Defence Staff

The head of the Army, General Sir David Richards, has been appointed the next Chief of the Defence Staff.

Head of Army General Sir David Richards to be Chief of the Defence Staff

The head of the Army, General Sir David Richards, is to be the next Chief of the Defence Staff, it was announced today.

Armed forces 'must remain robust amid cuts' warns Liam Fox

Britain must retain its "war-fighting edge" even at a time of cuts in state spending, Defence Secretary Liam Fox is expected to say today.

Tories 'chasing headlines' over Afghan pull-out

Shadow foreign secretary David Miliband today accused the Government of sending out "mixed messages" over the UK's military mission in Afghanistan.

Hague expects Afghan forces to stand alone by 2014

Foreign Secretary William Hague said today it would be "very surprising" if Afghan forces were not able to take responsibility for their country's security within the next four years.

Cuts will leave Britain's military stronger, says Fox

Britain's military will have to accept cuts imposed "ruthlessly and without sentiment" in the current harsh economic climate, Liam Fox warned yesterday in a keynote speech on Strategic Defence Review. However, the Defence Secretary insisted that the result of the radical overhaul would leave the UK's security stronger, with a "clean break" from Cold War-legacy thinking, and also prepare the forces for an exit strategy from the war in Afghanistan.

Army top brass axed as Cameron prepares for challenging times

The British military will have a new chief, with the current holder of the post being asked to retire early, as it faces one of the most challenging periods in its history.

Britain's top military officer to step down early

Britain's top military officer is to step down within months, before his term was due to end, it emerged today.

Five held over break-in at Liam Fox's flat

Five suspects have been arrested over a burglary at the home of Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Scotland Yard said tonight.

Army's bomb disposal chief resigns after saying Afghan mission needs boost

Britain's top bomb disposal officer has resigned from his position after having spoke of his concern about the pressures his team faces in Afghanistan.

Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (23/05/10)

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Hague leads Tory delegation for talks in Kabul

Foreign Secretary William Hague flew into Kabul today ahead of talks with political and military leaders in the Afghan capital.

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