Louth and Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell urges Foreign Secretary William Hague against sending British troops into Egypt

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Louth and Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell has urged Foreign Secretary William Hague not to send British troops into Egypt, recalling how the people of Suez were ‘busy rioting’ when he arrived as a national serviceman 64 years ago.

The long serving MP was speaking in Parliament on Wednesday during Prime Minister’s Questions.

President Mohammad Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first freely elected leader, was forcibly removed from office by the army last week after mass protests.

Sir Peter said: ”When I arrived as a national serviceman in the charming town of Suez 64 years ago, its townspeople were busy rioting against the Wafd party.

“Sixty-four years from now, I have little doubt that the Egyptian people will still be rioting, so may I make the constructive suggestion to the Foreign Secretary that there is little he can do to help, except by not sending in British troops to restore order?”

William Hague responded: “I can assure my right hon. Friend that I have no plans to send in British troops to restore order.

“Only once since the second world war have we sent British troops into Egypt. I recall that he was once an election assistant to Anthony Eden.”

Sir Peter seemed pleased with Mr Hague’s response.

“That bears out the wisdom of my advice,” he said.