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Last Updated: Monday, 3 October 2005, 21:27 GMT 22:27 UK
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An MP whose brother was killed in the 2002 Bali bombings has criticised the UK Foreign Office for its travel advice in the light of fresh attacks there.

It has emerged that Australia warned its citizens not to travel to Indonesia amid fears of an imminent attack, but the UK did not alter its assessment.

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood asked if efforts were being co-ordinated.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We prefer to give people the facts and let them make up their mind."

'Intelligence chatter'

Mr Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, whose brother Jonathan died in the 2002 bombings, told the Guardian newspaper that the Australians had reported "a lot of intelligence chatter that there was a bombing in the pipeline".

"I would like to know if we are co-ordinating our efforts, because this should have been reflected on the Foreign Office website's travel advice," he said.

In response, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We have had bombs going off in London and we wouldn't want other countries to say 'don't go to London'."

We all have our own sources and, whilst we talk to other countries, in the end we make our own decision
Foreign Office spokeswoman

Asked what would prompt a warning to defer non-essential travel, she said: "Where we have specific advice that something was likely to happen."

Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the Republic of Ireland are among those advising against non-essential travel to Indonesia.

She said: "We all have our own sources and, whilst we talk to other countries, in the end we make our own decision."

The Foreign Office advice on Indonesia was updated after three suicide bombers blew themselves up in Bali on Saturday, killing 19.

Its website urges travellers to Bali to "exercise extreme caution at all times because there remains a high threat from terrorism".




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