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Libya — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:15 am on 26th October 2016.

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Photo of Bob Stewart Bob Stewart Conservative, Beckenham 10:15 am, 26th October 2016

I am grateful to my very good and hon. Friend Kwasi Kwarteng for getting this debate going. I take issue slightly with the comments on the decision in 2011. I felt that we had no choice but to save the people of Benghazi. We did not think of the consequences; we had damn all time to look downstream. I felt that the decision was quite right. My experience of watching people die when there is military inaction was why I supported military operations against Gaddafi.

My hon. Friend Charlotte Leslie raised this matter. It is very sad that, throughout the middle east, stability and safety and a normal society so that children can go to school often seems to require a strong person, normally or even always a man, to be in charge of the country. Democracy such as we have in this country is only a serious long-term wish.