UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government recklessly endangered lives of UK forces says Harvey

Press Release   •   Feb 02, 2010 10:36 GMT

“Sir Jock Stirrup’s comments demonstrate that Labour irresponsibly overstretched our forces and endangered the mission in Afghanistan," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Defence Secretary.

Commenting on Sir Jock Stirrup’s evidence to the Iraq Inquiry, Nick Harvey said:

“This is yet more evidence that the Government’s pursuit of this disastrous war recklessly endangered the lives of our service men and women.

“The invasion of Iraq should never have gone ahead. But having done so, the least the Government could have done was ensure that our troops were properly equipped. Instead, they ignored the warnings of military commanders.

“Sir Jock Stirrup’s comments demonstrate that Labour irresponsibly overstretched our forces and endangered the mission in Afghanistan by trying to fight in Iraq at the same time.”