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Rishi Sunak to face MPs over Yemen airstrikes

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Rishi Sunak to face MPs over Yemen airstrikes

The Prime Minister is due to give a Commons statement on the military action this afternoon

Rishi Sunak is set to face MPs later over his decision to launch airstrikes against Houthi targets in Yemen.

He’ll make a statement in the Commons outlining his reasons for approving the bombings, which took place on Thursday night.

Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron has defended the Government’s decision not to make a statement to Parliament about the strikes on Houthi military targets beforehand.

The Lib Dems and SNP had criticised ministers for not taking steps to announce the operation in the Commons before it took place.

But Lord Cameron insisted Mr Sunak had “followed all the correct procedures” before the strikes, including assembling ministers, listening to advice, and consulting allies.

He added: “There will be a statement in Parliament on Monday.

“I don’t think it would have been right to have a debate and a vote before this sort of action, because I think it is important for reasons of operational security to on this occasion take the action and then have a statement in Parliament afterwards.”

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