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18 December 2008

Government and Tories must apologise for Iraq

Responding to Gordon Brown’s statement to Parliament on the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West said:

“The invasion of Iraq was without doubt the single worst foreign policy decision for the last 50 years. It is time the Government and the Conservatives apologised to the people of Britain and Iraq. 

“We have paid a huge cost for our decision to cover George Bush’s back: a human cost, the cost to our standing in the world, the cost of increased terrorism, and instability in the Middle East.

“Our soldiers have been put an impossibly difficult situation. Frankly, their commitment and bravery deserves better than this.   

During a House of Commons Statement Mr Barrett challenged the Prime Ministers on the total number of civilian casualties resulting from the invasion and occupation. 

Mr Barrett said:

“So many innocent Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of our decision to invade Iraq – at the very least we need an answer on how many civilians have died.

“I am calling on the Prime Minister must commit to a full public inquiry into this whole disaster. The Government must not be allowed to end this war as it began it - in secrecy and misdirection.”

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