Vernon Coaker's response to the increase in the number of military trainers from the UK being sent to Iraq

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, speaking about the increase in the number of military trainers from the UK being sent to Iraq, said:

“Labour supports the steps taken so far to assist Iraq’s government in combating the threat from ISIL, including the RAF’s involvement in airstrikes and the provision of arms and assistance to the Iraqi Army and Kurdish forces.

“It is right that our Armed Forces continue to provide training and equipment in support of efforts to repel ISIL. The UK has particular military and counter-terrorism expertise that can be shared with local forces.

“The government should provide clarity about the scale, scope and timeframe of this training mission. The Defence Secretary should clearly outline the numbers of military trainers involved and the work that they will be doing, so that there can be no misunderstanding about the role of British troops in Iraq.”