Iraq: troops out by October, say Lib Dems

British forces should begin a “staged withdrawal” from Iraq in May, with the last forces leaving by the end of October, the Liberal Democrats say. Leader Sir Menzies Campbell said ministers should now spend three months consulting coalition and regional allies over precise details.

He is the first main UK party leader to suggest a definite withdrawal date.

So say the BBC.

UPDATE: Crumbs. If there’s any justice you’ll be seeing the leader’s second question at PMQs on the news tonight – if he was acting at being outraged, that was bloody good acting.

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  • Yes, this unequivocal stance by Ming Campbell is welcome news. Also, his attack on Tony Blair for not opening today’s Commons debate on Iraq.

    The BBC quote Ming as writing to Blair saying “the British people are entitled to hear your analysis and strategy for withdrawal. I consider that on an issue of such gravity the public are entitled to hear the party leaders.”

  • Ming was bloody good at PMQ’s.


    Colin Ross

  • Excellent, excellent.

    This policy, is, after all, what the vast majority of the Iraqi population have wanted for some time.

  • hywelmorgan 24th Jan '07 - 3:05pm

    Ming is loads better when he loosens the handbrake and lets his liberal passion to the surface a bit. He was easily the most impressive performer on the leadership hustings for example (even though I didn’t vote for him)

  • Gordon,

    Would that be the same millions of Iraqis who are safe and sound, walking the streets in security with a booming economy because of the wonderfully judged Labour and Conservative policy to invade Iraq? Pah.

  • Ah yes, wishing millions of people would die to prove a political point. Full of moral bravery there I think Gordon.

  • ed.trelinski 25th Jan '07 - 2:23pm

    Does anyone know where I can watch Ming’s PMQs performance online?

  • Hywel Morgan 26th Jan '07 - 10:27am

    I caught it on This Week or whatever the Thursday night politics show is called and it was probably the best performance I’ve seen him give since the leadership hustings.

    And then heard this – “The Lib Dems have always been sound on Iraq”, Diane Abbott 🙂

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