Tue, 27 Jul 2010
Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs & Defence, Tim Farron commented on the documents released by the Iraq Inquiry today.
The documents show that Labour ministers were formally warned that the military needed an alternative to the Snatch Land Rover in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a reaction to the revelations, Tim Farron said:
“This is yet another damning sign that the Labour Government ignored advice from its top military officials on their equipment needs.
“As we long suspected, generals told ministers that they needed better equipment to protect their troops and to prevent more casualties. For years the Army had to make do with adding extra protection to their existing, unsuitable vehicles.
“This is unacceptable in any situation and led to unnecessary casualties. I look forward to working with my Coalition colleagues to put these kind of indefensible practices behind us by making sure our brave soldiers are properly equipped.”
To read the full document, please visit the Iraq Inquiry's website.