Britain's Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride said he hoped that de-escalation between Israel and Iran was still possible, responding to reports Israel had launched an attack on Iranian soil on Friday.

"Whilst we don't know the details at the moment, my hope is that whatever has happened is of a nature where de-escalation can now be the way forward," Stride told GB News on Friday.

(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman, writing by William James; editing by Sarah Young)