CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

DEFENCE (FRONT BENCH) – WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ – 22 May 2006

Dr Julian Lewis: May I associate the Opposition with the Secretary of State's condolences to the families of those who lost their lives on active service in Iraq?

Does the Secretary of State [Des Browne] accept that, time after time at the Dispatch Box, his predecessor stated that it would be absolute folly to say anything about timetables for withdrawal other than when the job is done? Does he endorse that sentiment, and, if so, will he use his best endeavours in the Cabinet to put an end to the stream of articles and leaks that imply that withdrawal is on the cards, so that the Prime Minister can leave a legacy as a peacemaker? We do not want the Prime Minister to leave a legacy as a lethal version of the Grand Old Duke of York.