Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth parliamentary aide has resigned over Afghanistan, it was confirmed tonight.
In a letter to Gordon Brown, former army Major Eric Joyce called on the Prime Minister to make it clear to the British people that the Afghanistan campaign was 'time limited'.
He said the public would not accept for 'much longer that our losses can be justified by simply referring to the risk of greater terrorism on our streets'.
Mr Joyce, parliamentary private secretary to Mr Ainsworth, was critical of Government policy in Afghanistan and called for a reduction in the British commitment.
He said Labour would not win the next General Election until it got a 'grip' on defence and demanded an exit strategy from Afghanistan during the next Parliament.
He revealed that he had told his boss a number of weeks ago that he intended to resign and now was the 'least disruptive' time to go.
'I do not think the British people will support the physical risk to our servicemen and women unless they can be given confidence that Afghanistan's government has been properly elected and has a clear intent to deal with the corruption there which has continued unabated in recent years.'
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