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Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on the Government's confirmation that Apache helicopters will be used in Libya, said:

"We support the NATO efforts to protect Libyan civilians and to bring an end to the conflict in Libya. It is important our Forces have the best possible military equipment available to them.

“Libya appears to have slid into stalemate and this move represents an intensification of military efforts. This decision will put British service personnel in greater danger. The Government needs to be clear with the British public about why this is necessary now and the military purpose behind this move.

“There is real concern that an endgame for Libya remains ill-defined. Many will worry that the British military commitment should not be open-ended, and so we need to hear more from Ministers on their political strategy to achieve the objectives of UN resolution 1973.”

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