Miliband: Libya chose its “democratic destiny”

Labour leader Ed Miliband responds to the death of the ex-Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi:

"The death of Colonel Gaddafi marks the end of a tragic period in Libyan history marked by brutality and repression.

"I pay tribute to the Libyan people for standing up to the former regime and seeking to define their own democratic destiny. We should be proud of the support that our armed forces have given to that cause.

"We should all hope that this day also marks the end of the armed conflict and the start of a period of stability where we see a transition to democratic government.

"Britain should stand ready to continue to help the National Transitional Council as it seeks to improve economic and social conditions, ensure order and prepare for elections."