Commenting on a survey showing that only 18% of Iraqis have confidence in US and coalition troops, Liberal Democrat Leader Menzies Campbell said:
“This survey shows how military action against Iraq has practically brought the country and people to its knees.
“It is clear that coalition troops are exacerbating the security situation and increasingly being seen as legitimate targets for political motivated attacks.
“Our involvement in Iraq has cost us over £5 billion.
“President Bush made the decisions, the Prime Minister argued the case, the Chancellor signed the cheques and the Tories voted it through.
“It is now time to plan for an orderly withdrawal that should begin on 1st May and no British troops should remain after the end of October.”