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Dannatt move 'not a long term plot'

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The former head of the Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, has confirmed that he has been offered a job in the Conservative government's defence team if David Cameron wins the general election. Gen Dannatt gave a lecture last night where he confirmed that Mr Cameron had approached him about the role.

In his lecture to the Windsor Leadership Group, Gen Dannatt added the Mr Cameron "put it to me that he was concerned that his defence team - at a time when defence was really important, and Afghanistan was really critical - lacked expert understanding

"And would I be prepared to advise his team, and, if the Conservatives win the election, would I be prepared to take a peerage and maybe join his ministerial team."

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