Libya

John Baron MP: Libyan intervention a disaster

September 14, 2016
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MP says we must learn from our mistakes Today the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, of which John Baron MP has been a member since 2010, issued its damning report into the British Government’s policy towards Libya since 2011. This period covers the decision to intervene militarily in support of the rebels against Gadaffi and...
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John Baron MP presses Foreign Secretary on Libya

April 19, 2016
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MP asks what lessons have been learnt Today in the House of Commons, the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, made a statement on Libya following his recent visit to the country. He relayed the potential for progress in this war-torn country. John was the only Conservative MP to vote against the UK’s...
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John Baron MP: Obama is right over Libya

March 11, 2016
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MP again describes Libya as a shambles The Atlantic recently published an interview with President Obama, in which he was critical of European Governments, Britain and France in particular, over the Libyan intervention and the lack of subsequent political engagement. Since the intervention in 2011, fighting in Libya has continued, with rival governments establishing...
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John Baron MP questions Rt Hon Tony Blair on Libya

December 14, 2015
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MP believes key questions remain unanswered As part of its inquiry into the Libyan intervention in 2011, members of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee today questioned Rt Hon Tony Blair on Libya and his relationship with Colonel Gadhafi. As Prime Minister, Mr Blair was instrumental in bringing the Libyan régime ‘in from the cold’,...
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John Baron MP questions Rt Hon Tony Blair on Libya

December 11, 2015
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MP believes key questions remain unanswered As part of its inquiry into the Libyan intervention in 2011, members of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee today questioned Rt Hon Tony Blair on Libya and his relationship with Colonel Gadhafi. As Prime Minister, Mr Blair was instrumental in bringing the Libyan régime ‘in from the cold’,...
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John Baron MP speaks of ‘dilution of skills’ at Global Diplomatic Forum

October 30, 2014
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MP says Britain must learn from military interventions Earlier this week, John Baron MP was invited to join a panel for a round-table discussion organised by the Global Strategy Forum. The event took place in Parliament, and focused on the rise of the Islamic State and how the international community should react to it....
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John Baron MP: Iraq highlights dangers of intervention

June 12, 2014
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MP also points to Libya and Afghanistan Following the news from northern Iraq, John Baron MP warns of the dangers of intervention. John resigned from the shadow Front Bench to vote against the Iraq war in 2003, and was the only Conservative to vote against both Afghanistan and Libya. John said, “One of the...
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John Baron MP: NATO’s Libyan victory does not justify intervention

October 31, 2011
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  MP makes comments on last day of NATO’s combat mission  Today is the last day for NATO’s combat operations in Libya, despite requests from the National Transitional Council for NATO to extend its mission. In media interviews today, John Baron MP has said that victory has not justified our intervention and that lessons...
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John Baron MP advocates fundamental review of foreign policy in new book

October 3, 2011
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‘The Future of Conservatism’ launched today at Party Conference In a new book (‘The Future of Conservatism: Values Revisited’) launched today at party conference, John Baron MP advocates a fundamental review of British foreign policy. John was the only Conservative MP to vote against the Libyan intervention and our policy in Afghanistan, and resigned...
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John Baron MP questions Prime Minister over Libya

September 5, 2011
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MP says there are no guiding principles for any future interventions  Today in the House of Commons the Prime Minister made a Statement about Libya, during which John Baron MP questioned him about possible future interventions.  John said:  “What does the Prime Minister believe are the lessons from this intervention when it comes to...
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