Thursday, 25 September 2014

Parliament recall: Nick Clegg's email to Liberal Democrat members

Nick Clegg has emailed Liberal Democrat members about Parliament's recall on Friday 26 September. The full text is below.

On Friday Parliament is to be recalled to debate Britain joining the coalition of nations who have launched air strikes against the ISIL terrorist organisation in Iraq.

Liberal Democrat MPs will be supporting Britain joining this coalition for three reasons. Firstly, the threat from ISIL to Britain has already been made clear by the sickening sight of British hostages being executed on television. Secondly, unlike the 2003 war in Iraq this intervention is legal - we are responding to a direct request for help from the legitimate Government of Iraq and Parliament will vote before any action is taken. Thirdly, we’re acting as part of a broad coalition of countries, including many Arab countries, to deal with a real and immediate threat.

I know that given our party’s history this will evoke strong feelings. Earlier, I recorded an interview for broadcasters in which I explained why we were supporting this action. You will see some of this on the news this evening but I wanted party members to see the interview in full.

Click here to watch my video on the recall of Parliament.

If you would like to get in touch to talk about this decision, please send me an email using this link.

This is obviously a developing situation and I will be in touch with you again over the coming days.

Thank you,

Nick Clegg

Leader of the Liberal Democrats