Liam Fox denies firing Sir Jock Stirrup

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Britain's most senior military officer will quit in the autumn, before the end of his term in April 2011, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup has been chief of the defence staff since 2006 and was asked to extend his term by the previous government.

Ministry of Defence civil servant Sir Bill Jeffrey will also go.

Speaking to the Politics Show on BBC One, Dr Fox denied firing the pair and said blames for failings in Afghanistan should only land "firmly on the desks of politicians".

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