Jim Murphy, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to Liam Fox’s comments on Libya, said:
“The Government can’t face two ways at once. In a complicated situation we need clarity and consistency but instead have two of the Government’s most senior Ministers saying different things about the same operation.
“It is vital the country properly understands the UK’s military remit in Libya and discrepancies over the nature of the assistance we are providing are unhelpful and counterproductive.
“We support the action the Government is taking to enforce the UN mandate to protect civilians and ensure their humanitarian needs are met."