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Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, following his urgent question on Libya today, said:

“The Opposition has always been clear that we support the enforcement of UNSCR 1973 to protect Libyan civilians and implement a no fly zone. We have always said we will support and scrutinise the Government’s actions.

“Parliament hasn’t written the Government a blank cheque on Libya and Ministers should never keep the British public in the dark over major military decisions.

“The deployment of attack helicopters would represent a significant moment and an escalation of the conflict. Personnel would be in greater danger and new targets would be sought.

“People will be concerned that French Ministers seem to know more about the deployment of British military assets than the British Parliament.

“Where the Government makes the right decisions we will support them.”

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