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In an interview with BFBS Radio, former Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mike Jackson has been talking about Sir Michael Fallon's...

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The former Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mike Jackson has described the former Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon MP as a "safe pair of hands".

Speaking to BFBS Radio after the latter's sudden resignation, General Sir Jackson said:

 "I don't think he was ever going to set the world on fire, but he is a very senior politician and I think his legacy is to give the right political guidance to the country's military capability and operations over his time in office."

"The history books will no doubt take a longer view."

He added: "[The] Armed Forces will be sad to see Sir Michael go”

Sir Michael Fallon took office in 2014, succeeding Philp Hammond as Defence Secretary.

Over the past three and a half years he has overseen the momentous task of trying to fill a defence budget black hole that could reach £30 billion over the next decade.

Acknowledging Sir Michael's time in office as a difficult period, General Sir Mike Jackson said:

"Well we all know the government is not exactly in a bed of roses at the moment, and you know when one piece on the chessboard moves, other pieces must move as well."

Sir Michael resigned in the midst of the sexual harassment allegations sweeping Parliament. He said that his behaviour may have "fallen short" of the standards expected by the UK military.

He was the first politician to quit following the unearthed claims of serious sexual abuse in Westminster.

Prime Minister Theresa May has come under fire for her appointment of Gavin Williamson MP as the new Defence Secretary, as he lacks any defence experience.

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