Sir Jock to quit early
BRITAIN’S top military officer is to step down within months, before his term was due to end, it has emerged. Air Chief marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, whose post as chief of the defence staff was to continue until April 2011, will leave in the autumn after the new government’s strategic defence review, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said. The ministry of Defence’s top civil servant, Permanent under Secretary (PuS) Sir Bill Jeffrey, will also depart at the same time. They were both asked to extend their terms by the previous Labour government.