Gordon Brown declined to put formal pressure on Libya to get compensation for IRA victims, No 10 has confirmed. The victims say Libya should pay compensation because it supplied the IRA with explosives used in atrocities. Mr Brown told a victims' lawyer it was not "appropriate" to discuss the claims, but aides have denied he was trying to protect oil deals with Libya. Democratic Unionist MP Jeffrey Donaldson said the PM had done far less for victims than US leaders had. Mr Brown's office released a letter written by the prime minister to IRA victims' lawyer Jason McCue last October in which Mr Brown wrote that the government did not "consider it appropriate to enter into a bilateral discussion with Libya on this matter".
He added that Libya would be "strongly opposed to reopening the issue."
In an earlier letter dating from last September, the prime minister told Mr McCue that Libya was now an "essential partner" in the fight against terrorism and it was in the UK's interests for that co-operation to continue.