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Government Iraq Enquiry Process in Shambles

24th June 2009

The Government’s majority was cut as Labour MPs rebelled against Brown’s plans for a secret inquiry on Iraq, to which the Prime Minister appoints the inquiry team, and those giving evidence are not doing so under oath.

John McDonnell MP, LRC Chair, said:

“It is now clear that this whole process is in disarray. The debate tonight has shown that the Government has failed to gain a consensus in the Commons and will therefore not achieve a consensus in the country.”

“Brown has had to make concession after concession to avoid defeat tonight and Labour MPs will have gone away from this debate believing that the Government have now no alternative but to concede a full public enquiry into the war in Iraq.

“That is the only way that the Government can achieve any credibility on this issue.”

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