Tobias Ellwood says a line should be drawn under killings carried out by armed forces

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood has reopened the row in government about investigations into killings carried out by members of the armed forces during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, calling for a statute of limitations to apply.

Ellwood’s boss – the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson – was overruled by Number 10 last month, after signalling he would like to see a line drawn under investigations of the historic killings.

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