A Labour peer caused outrage yesterday after he accused Britain's top soldier of disloyalty and helping the Taliban.
Lord Foulkes attacked General Sir Richard Dannatt for daring to speak out about the shortage of equipment for troops in Afghanistan.
He said public demands for more helicopters by General Dannatt and Sir Jock Stirrup, Chief of the Defence Staff, were 'giving succour to the enemy'.Shadow Defence Minister Gerald Howarth said: 'It is outrageous for Lord Foulkes to accuse an outstanding general of helping to undermine the mission in Afghanistan.
'General Dannatt, a holder of the Military Cross, has not only inspired his men through his leadership, but has done more than anyone else to generate the tremendous public support which now manifests itself across the country for our Armed Forces.'
Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Edward Davey said: 'Considering this Government's failure to provide either a coherent strategy or adequate kit for the mission in Afghanistan, Richard Dannatt and Jock Stirrup have shown admirable restraint.