Parliament recall urged over Libya
David Cameron is facing demands for a recall of Parliament amid claims Britain is now pursuing an overt policy of "regime change" in Libya.
Senior Conservative and Labour MPs said the Government has gone beyond the mandate given in last month's Commons vote to protect civilians.
The calls followed the publication of a joint newspaper article by Mr Cameron, US President Barack Obama and French leader Nicolas Sarkozy saying it would be an "unconscionable betrayal" if dictator Muammar Gaddafi is allowed to remain in power.
Three Tory backbenchers and two Labour politicians said MPs - currently on their Easter break - should now return to Westminster in order to have their say on the latest developments.
Conservative John Baron and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn said they have written to Commons Speaker John Bercow to formally request a recall.
Under Commons standing orders, the Speaker can order a recall at the request of a government minister. Before the House rose last week, the Leader of the Commons Sir George Young said they would do so "if circumstances require it".
Downing Street sources have played down the prospects, insisting that the Government's position has not changed as a result of the newspaper article, but with Parliament not due to return until April 26, some MPs argue that is too long to wait.
"I feel that mission in Libya has changed quite significantly," said Mr Baron, who was the only Conservative MP to vote against military action. "When it was put before the House, the emphasis was very much on humanitarian assistance. This has changed into a mission of regime change."
President Barack Obama admitted a military stalemate exists on the ground in Libya, but said the United States and Nato have averted a "wholesale slaughter" and Gaddafi is under increasing pressure to leave.
Mr Obama said he does not see a need to resume direct US participation in enforcing the no-fly zone but the country is assisting with intelligence, jamming and refuelling.