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Call for Brown to face fresh grilling by Iraq inquiry over ‘discrepancies’ with evidence

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Tim Shipman
UK Daily Mail
March 9, 2010

Gordon Brown was last night facing demands that he reappear at the Iraq Inquiry after his top defence official flatly contradicted the Prime Minister’s claims to have always supported troops.

Sir Bill Jeffrey, the senior mandarin at the Ministry of Defence, said that Mr Brown forced the military to make ‘cuts’ and left them ‘very stretched indeed’ because he did not give them enough money.

He told the Iraq Inquiry that the MoD budget has been ‘more than quite tight’ in recent years, saddling commanders with ‘significant problems’. Sir Bill said: ‘In successive years, we and our ministers have had to think hard about what we could cut.’

The complaints are a grave new embarrassment for the Prime Minister because they undermine his claims last week that he had always fully funded British troops.

The Tories last night wrote to Sir John Chilcot asking him to recall Mr Brown to explain the discrepancies between his evidence and that of a succession of senior defence officials.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1256428/Call-Gordon-Brown-face-fresh-grilling-Iraq-inquiry-funding-troops.html#ixzz0hgGPI1jC

This article was posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 5:11 am

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