"The arguments that unattributable sources close to No 10 have given to the press for not recalling parliament are bizarre. One newspaper was told that the government could not justify the expense of recalling parliament. Aid agencies working in Lebanon were reportedly told that the government could not justify the use of officials' time in organising a recall.
The truth is that the government simply did not want to have to justify its conduct during the Middle East crisis in the House of Commons. No 10 cynically used its residual monarchical powers to deny MPs the right to meet at a dangerous moment in the life of the nation." —Jon Trickett MP