UK leaders debate foreign affairs

Party leaders clash in second election debate as polls point to hung parliament.

    All parties are trying to rebuild trust in politics after last years expenses scandal [AFP]
     

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    Cameron, Brown's main rival whose party is current leader in opinion polls, said that the UK should take a more holistic approach to dealing with the issue.

    "I think we need to end the division between foreign policy and security policy and Home Office policy, bring it all together and think about our national security."

    Afghan strategy

    Clegg, who enjoyed an unexpected boost in the polls following the first debate, said that strategy in the war in Afghanistan had jeopardised the fight against international terrorism.

    Key debate points
      War in Afghanistan
      UK nuclear weapons
      Europe
      Climate change
      Economy
      Immigration

    "The problem is that we've done it in a manner where I don't think we've pursued the right strategy, we haven't given the right equipment to our troops, we haven't had proper international coordination on the ground in Afghanistan."

    The leaders also disagreed over the future of the UK's nuclear weapons, which Labour and the Conservatives want to keep, but the Liberal Democrats want to replace with a cheaper alternative.

    "I don't think it's right to do what Gordon Brown and David Cameron want which is
    now to commit before even making a decision, to spend up to 100 billion pounds renewing in exactly the same old way the Trident nuclear missile system," Clegg said.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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