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26 March 2009

Barrett turns up the heat for 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 move after a new poll confirmed that public opinion is now strongly in favour of an inquiry with almost three quarters of people supporting the move.

In a Commons debate yesterday, the Foreign Secretary confirmed there would be no inquiry until British forces returned home. The Government have so far resisted calls for an inquiry claiming it would be a “diversion” for UK troops serving in Iraq.

Mr Barrett has launched a parliamentary motion, which already has the support of 52 MPs from all parties, calling for a full public inquiry into the invasion to begin immediately.

Speaking during the debate on the Inquiry, 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.

“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 inquiry to make sure that we never find ourselves in this position again.”

“The Government argue that holding an inquiry while our troops are still stationed in Iraq would be a mistake that would undermine our soldiers and the sacrifices they have made. The far greater mistake would be to leave Iraq with nothing learnt from the experience and their sacrifices. It is for this reason that an Inquiry today is so important.”

 

Notes

• John Barrett will be tabling the following Early Day Motion:

INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO IRAQ WAR

16.03.2009

EDM 1100 

Barrett, John

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; and calls on the Government to launch a full independent inquiry into the invasion of Iraq without delay.

 

• 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.

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