CUTS to the Foreign Office “complicated” Britain’s response to the Tunisian beach terror massacre, a Tory MP said yesterday.
Foreign affairs committee chairman Crispin Blunt argued that cutbacks to the department since the Conservatives took office in 2010 have resulted in posts being left unfilled.
He told the Commons that the staff reductions may have affected the way Britain reacted to the deadly attack in Tunisia’s Sousse resort, where 30 Britons were gunned down.
“I have heard that the subsequent counterterrorism analysis was complicated by a lack of UK-based staff who were cleared to the necessary level,” Mr Blunt said.
The analysis was “of great significance” in the decision to advise against all but essential travel to Tunisia.
Mr Blunt warned that the Foreign Office “remains overstretched and underfunded,” despite Chancellor George Osborne’s pledge in November to protect its spending power.