Commenting on the revelation that only 500 extra troops are being withdrawn from Iraq, Liberal Democrat Leader Menzies Campbell said:
“Any troop withdrawal from Iraq is welcome, but this is a cynical effort to manipulate the figures and make it look more significant than is really the case.
“In fact only 500 more troops will be pulled out of southern Iraq, since the withdrawal of the other 500 had already been announced.
“It still leaves 4,500 British troops trapped in Basra airport where they no longer serve any real military or political purpose.
“What we need is a clear timetable to withdraw all our forces to safety within six months.”