The brazeness of the murder of Saudi journalist  Jamal Khashoggi is without precedent must prompt an international investigation, Conservative Foreign Affairs Spokesman Charles Tannock MEP said today.

Speaking as Conservative MEPs backed a European Parliament resolution condemning Mr Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and the subsequent cover up, Mr Tannock called for the primacy of fundamental human rights to be reasserted.

He said: "We in the West had welcomed some of the recent reforms led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a state more often known for its internal social repression. However, we have also witnessed a young leader consolidating his power at home and intervening aggressively abroad.

"Clearly there are more details to emerge about this crime and an international investigation into the case, as called for by the UK, France and Germany, is needed. We are still awaiting answers and must send a strong collective message to Riyadh.

"I am pleased that the Parliament has taken a strong stance today to protect human rights and express its unflinching support for freedom of expression and a free press."

The Parliament's resolution condemns "in the strongest possible terms" the torture and killing of Mr Khashoggi and calls for "an independent and impartial investigation" into the circumstances of his death.