London Lite Monday, 13 July 2009 Time to get a big hitter attheMoD British climber dies in Alps PMslammedoverwarleaders Princess Dis ex returns to UK PRINCESS Dianas ex, Hasnat Khan, is to work at an Essex hospital. The heart surgeon, 49, who had a relationship with Diana in the mid-Nineties has left Pakistan, where he has lived since 2007, to work at Basildon Hospital. Parliament alert over knife man A MAN brandishing a knife caused a security alert after trying to kill himself near the Houses of Parliament. He stabbed himself outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre before police could stop him at 8am yesterday. A young British climber has died and another was seriously injured in a climbing accident in the French Alps. The two men were roped together and climbing with two Frenchmen, who were below them, at Ailefroides, near the village of Pelvoux. The group was struck by a huge section of rock which detached itself from the mountain face as they climbed on Sunday morning, at an altitude of nearly 4,000metres. All four climbers lost their footing and plunged on to the rocks below. Captain olivier Cousin, commander of the Mountain Police in Briancon, told how the rescue operation had been hampered by poor weather conditions and added that the names of the Britons were not being released as their families had not yet been informed of the tragedy. The injured Briton and the Frenchmen were taken to hospital in Briancon. gordon Brown was today urged to appoint a new Cabinet minister over the head of the defence Secretary and replace the chief of the armed forces to strengthen the war leadership in Afghanistan. The call came from david owen, a former foreign secretary, who said there were serious weaknesses in the conduct of the war. He warned: It is becoming ever clearer that we need a fundamental re- think of our position in Afghanistan. His comments came as uK troops were preparing for a private memorial service at their main base in Helmand, Camp Bastion, to honour eight British soldiers killed in 24 hours. Lord owen said it was unprec- edented and deplorable that newly appointed defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth was only twenty- first in the Cabinet pecking order. He said Mr Brown should recall heavyweight Lord robertson to oversee not only defence but aid policy to the region. He also warned there was an urgent need to address the military leadership. Sir Jock Stirrup, the Chief of the defence Staff is due to retire next year, and is tipped to be replaced by general Sir david richards, who has fought in Afghanistan. But Lord owen said: If that is gordon Browns intention, he would be well-advised to make that change immediately. It came as the Prime Minister tried to repair confidence in the war strategy, after being accused last week of failing the mili- tary with budget cuts, leaving a shortfall of 2,000 troops. Public support for the war in Afghanistan has risen. An ICM poll today found 46 per cent back the c o n f l i c t -- 1 5 points up on two years ago. by mark blunden Under fire: the Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth Soldierkilledwouldalwaysbe wherehewasmostneeded a desperately big hole in our lives. The two soldiers were among five to die while on the same patrol on Friday. Three others were killed in separate incidents, making it the Armys worst 24-hour period since the war in Afghanistan began. Rifleman Simpson, who had an eight-month-old son named Alfie, was today honoured by his parents Deborah and Robert, and brothers Jimmy and Lee. In a statement, they said: Danny was a strong team player who was fiercely loyal to his friends and could be relied on to be there whenever he was needed. The three others killed in the explosion were Corporal Jonathan Horne, 28, and 18- year-olds Rifleman William Aldridge, and Rifleman James Backhouse. The deaths brought the total number of British losses since the campaign began in 2001 to 184 -- surpassing the 179 who died in Iraq. Foreign Secretary David Miliband denied that the mission was poorly manned and badly equipped. E Continued from Page 1 Hero: Rifleman Joseph Murphy died trying to save his pal Father: Daniel Simpson with his son Alfie H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html