Commenting on his second letter to Sir John Chilcot, renewing his call for the Prime Minister to return to the Iraq Inquiry, Shadow Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said:
“We’ve had three former defence chiefs, a former Defence Secretary and a former Permanent Secretary say that the defence budget was under enormous pressure as we went to war. Yet the Prime Minister tried to insist that defence spending had risen consistently in real terms so they had everything they needed.What Gordon Brown has done is unforgivable, and he has shown beyond doubt that he is unfit to be our Prime Minister.
“Now we know that he misled the Inquiry, as well as repeating his false claims to Parliament, the Armed Forces and their families. He must explain why he wilfully repeated false information.
“I wrote to Sir John on the 8th of March to ask that Gordon Brown be recalled to the Iraq Inquiry; his reply indicated that that option had not been ruled out. I have today written to him again to say that yesterday’s admission adds considerable weight to the case for the Prime Minister to be recalled. There can be no excuse to avoid it.”