» Thursday, May 6, 2004


Asked if additional British troops were heading for Iraq, the PMOS said that the position had not changed since he was asked this question at yesterday afternoon’s briefing. The situation was kept under constant review. This was being conducted in a measured way, as you would expect. It would therefore take a bit more time to complete the process. No decision had been taken at this stage. We would let people know the outcome of the discussions when it was appropriate to do so. Asked if the UK had received a request for more troops, the PMOS said that as we had stated from the outset, we were in discussion with our Coalition allies about this matter. However, he had no intention of giving a running commentary on the process.

Asked if the UK would apologise if the allegations of mistreatment by British troops were found to be true, the PMOS said he did not think it would be helpful to engage in a hypothetical discussion while the investigations were still ongoing.

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  1. The URL for latest news on troop deployments is http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3689755.stm
    On 10th June the LibDems reportedly want to turn the European Parliamentary election into a referendum to punish Tony Blair for embarking on the Iraq war. Charles Kennedy does not advocate withdrawal of British troops however.

    Does anyone know if there is a "troops out" party standing for election on 10th June?

    Comment by Patrick Haseldine — 6 May 2004 on 9:13 pm | Link
  2. The Respect Coalition Party, with candidate-MEPs standing in all UK regions on 10th June, has a "troops out" plank in its platform.

    The website http://www.respectcoalition.org/index.php?ite=173&rlid=4 reports:"Harlow RESPECT, the local branch of Britain’s fastest growing new political party, collected well over one hundred names in an hour on their petition calling for British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq and out of Bush’s bloody quagmire."

    It remains to be seen how many votes the Respect Coalition can garner in just over a month’s time.

    Comment by Patrick Haseldine — 9 May 2004 on 12:34 pm | Link

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