Cabinet secretary defends David Cameron's Libya record

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‘Whatever might have gone wrong in Libya … was despite good process’ in Whitehall, says Sir Jeremy Heywood

David Cameron was entitled to overrule objections from his chief of defence staff and press ahead with the removal of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya in 2011, the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has said.

In a robust defence of the former prime minister after he was excoriated by a scathing foreign affairs select committee report, Heywood said any failures there had been in Libya had not been due to the structure of decision-making in Whitehall.

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