‘Nick Clegg has hit back at the Prime Minister’s suggestion that he could order the RAF to bomb Islamic State targets without consulting MPs.
David Cameron has said his hands must not be tied by Parliament over ISIS attacks – but ConDem deputy Mr Clegg contradicted him by insisting a Commons vote WOULD be held.
He said on his LBC radio phone-in: “The PM has been clear, I’ve been clear, and this will of course have to be debated and voted on in Parliament, if Britain is ever asked to participate in military action, even air strikes.
“We will then have that debate when we know exactly what is being proposed to us.
“At the moment, nothing specific and concrete has been put to us.”
Mr Clegg also joined ex-Army chief Lord Dannatt in criticising Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond for revealing that the SAS cannot find hostage Alan Henning.
Mr Clegg said the failure to locate Mr Henning was “information that you can’t and shouldn’t reveal in public” and that it was “a very fluid, fast moving situation, much of which, quite rightly, needs to be cloaked in secrecy”.
It comes after Mr Hammond was slapped down by No10 for appearing to rule out air strikes against ISIS in Syria.
Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve insisted Britain could legally launch air strikes.
The Tory said: “If the correct grounds are there because of humanitarian necessity and the steps that are being taken are reasonable, necessary and proportionate to address that, it can be justified under international law.
“It is a concept which is challenged in some countries, but it is one that the UK has always maintained exists.”
The US has raised the prospect of sending in ground troops to defeat ISIS.
President Barack Obama will unveil his strategy at the UN next week.’
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