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16 March 2009

Barrett demands immediate Iraq inquiry

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has launched a Commons motion calling for an immediate inquiry into the invasion of Iraq.

Mr Barrett made the call after a new poll confirmed that public opinion is now strongly in favour of an inquiry with almost three quarters of people backing an independent investigation.

The Government have so far resisted calls for an inquiry claiming it would be a “diversion” for UK troops serving in Iraq. Justice Secretary Jack Straw has also vetoed the publication of minutes of cabinet meetings discussing the legality of the war in the run-up to the invasion.

Mr Barrett has today launched an Early Day Motion calling for a full public inquiry into the decision to invade Iraq to begin immediately.

John Barrett said:

“Whether measured in terms of lives, money or our security the cost of the war in Iraq has been far too high. A full independent inquiry into the botched justifications for the invasion is now long overdue.

“Both Labour and the Tories must share the blame for what is the most catastrophic foreign policy mistake of recent times.

“The Government claim that an inquiry would prove to be a diversion for UK troops, in reality any inquiry would focus on the politicians who made this calamitous decisions, not the troops themselves who have served with distinction in helping to rebuild the country.

“Politicians must not use the fact that our troops are still stationed in Iraq to avoid difficult questions about the justifications for sending them into harms way in the first place.

“Even those who supported the war in good faith must now admit that it has been a disaster, not just for Iraq but for the stability of the entire region. We need an urgent enquiry to make sure that we never find ourselves in this position again.”

 

Notes

John Barrett has tabled the following Early Day Motion:

That this house believes the invasion of Iraq was a serious foreign policy error that has destabilised the Middle East; notes that public opinion is strongly in favour of a full public inquiry into the UK’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq; believes that such an inquiry would in no way detract from the efforts of UK armed forces personnel in Iraq who have served with bravery and distinction while helping to rebuild the country; ands calls on the Government to launch a full independent inquiry into the invasion of Iraq without delay. (wording subject to approval of the Table Office)

A ComRes survey, conducted for the BBC, found 72% of those questioned believe there should be an official inquiry into the UK’s role in the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

John Barrett is calling for an inquiry into why Britain invaded Iraq in 2003

John Barrett is calling for an inquiry into why Britain invaded Iraq in 2003

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