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Slammed for £5Billion war estimate

July 2, 2012

Tuesday, February 13. 2007

The Labour Government’s Bill for the ongoing military operations in Iraq has been slammed by Rochdale MP Paul Rowen.

Liberal Democrat research has revealed that if spending continues at current levels it will reach the £5 Billion by April this year which will cause a cash crisis at the Ministry of Defence.

The “illegal” invasion of Iraq has affected many other domestic services that are suffering from a lack of investment including in the police, health services, transport and other key services.

Paul Rowen MP, a Liberal Democrat said: “These figures are astonishing – the majority of the public were against this illegal war and yet this is your money – the tax payers. We all know Labour Party is nearly bankrupt as an organisation but the way they are physically and morally bankrupting our country pursuing this illegal war is unacceptable. In Rochdale, we have suffered from lack of Government investment for decades. Look at the Health Services – Labour are stripping our Infirmary of Services in the name of saving money, they are cutting our police in the name of saving money whilst they are fighting an illegal war in Iraq with huge casualties disgracefully in the name of our country. This £5 Billion would have put an extra 10,000 police on the streets of this country for a year.”

Paul has repeated Lib Dem Sir Menzies Campbell’s call for a process of withdrawal from Iraq.

Paul said: “This is not just about cost it’s about Tony Blair recognising his huge mistake and not putting our brave, under resourced soldiers at risk. I believe that our troops should start coming home at the start of May, that would give them a chance for a proper and safe exit strategy.”

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