Defence minister Kevan Jones in political storm over ‘cowardly’ smear campaign against Army chief


Defence minister Kevan Jones is at the centre of a ‘squalid and cowardly’ smear campaign against the chief of the Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, it has been claimed.

Political blogs alleged the junior minister was leading a plot to expose how much the Chief of General Staff had spent wining and dining guests at his Kensington official residence.

Party chiefs fear he will savage the Government’s record on defence after he retires in a few days’ time.

The Tories said it was clear Sir Richard, who this week repeated pleas for more equipment for troops in Afghanistan, was the victim of a behind-the-scenes briefing war.

Mr Jones is alleged to be one of those who had briefed against the head of the Army.

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