Madeleine Moon MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Bridgend

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Speaking to Channel 4 News on the MOD's Libyan military training scheme

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Speaking to Channel 4 News on the MOD's Libyan military training scheme

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On Thursday evening I spoke to Channel 4 News regarding the disastrous attempt made over the past few months to train Libyan army recruits at a British Army base in Bassingbourn in South Cambridgeshire.

Several years ago the UK pledged to train up to 2000 hand picked Libyan army cadets as part of a G8 initiative to rebuild Libya's institutions in the wake of the revolution that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi. The first 300 arrived in the UK in June, however the programme fast descended into chaos with widespread discipline and even criminal behaviour from out of control recruits.

With the programme eventually cancelled this week following the revelation that 5 cadets had been charged with sexual offences, I spoke to Channel 4 alongside the local MP Andrew Lansley on what went wrong, why, and where we go from here.

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