"David Cameron yesterday apologised for the Government's flat-footed response to the plight of British nationals stranded in Libya as he flew back to chair an emergency meeting of his new National Security Council (NSC).
"Nick Clegg was returning early from a skiing holiday to attend the meeting as ministers went into overdrive to get a grip on the evacuation process.
"Mr Cameron spoke to Barack Obama on the phone last night and their conversation included a discussion of "possible multilateral measures" that could be taken against Libya. The UN Security Council meets today to discuss what can be done to deter Muammar Gaddafi's violent crackdown. Sanctions are among the options."