Brown ends hopes of withdrawal from Iraq
Tuesday 15 July 2008
Gordon Brown dashed hopes that he was about to announce a withdrawal of British troops from Iraq when he rejected calls by Labour MPs and the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, for a clear timetable to pull out. "I cannot set an artificial timetable," the Prime Minister said yesterday.
Mr Brown is due to deliver a statement on Iraq to MPs before the summer recess of Parliament on 22 July. Labour MPs said they were disappointed by his response. A cross-party Commons motion has been signed by nine MPs, urging Mr Brown to announce a timetable for the withdrawal of troops.
It was led by Ian Gibson, a Labour MP who said Mr Brown could "transform" his leadership if he pulled troops out of Iraq.
"If Gordon said he is bringing our troops home, he would walk the Glasgow East by-election. He would walk on water," he said. "I find his comments surprising because I have not heard any convincing argument to justify keeping troops in Iraq indefinitely."
Last week Mr Maliki raised the prospect of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of US-led forces, for the first time, as part of negotiations over a new security deal with Washington.
Mr Brown is expected to discuss Iraq with Barack Obama when the US presidential candidate arrives in Britain on Friday.
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
£25k + commission + benefits: Savvy Media Ltd: Find a job you love and never h...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: CORPORATE - Corporate Solicitor NQ+ An excelle...
Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: A trustee (company d...
£45000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...