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The Chilcott Delay!


Chilcot InquiryToday in the House of Commons; MPs reacted angrily to news that the inquiry  led by Sir John Chilcott into the 2003 Iraq War is not expected to reach it’s full report until after the general election

The inquiry said it did not see any “realistic prospect” of it’s publication of the report before elections are due to be held on the 7th May 2015 and the inquiry will probably face being questioned about it’s delay by a committee of MPs, while the chair of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, Sir Richard Ottaway asked Sir John Chilcott to explain why the publication of the report has been delayed.

The inquiry was initially set up in 2009, under Gordon Brown to examine not only Britain’s involvement and it’s initial decision to go to war but also any cases of misconduct of British troops amidst claims of torture by both US and British allied forces against Iraqis forces and civilian. The report was expected to reach it’s conclusion within about three years and held it’s last hearing in 2011, following an unprecedented call for Tony Blair to give evidence to the inquiry in 2010. tony-blair-chilcot-inquiry

There was even speculation by many political observers and even MPs that delays of the reports findings may have occurred due to involvement or intervention from the former Prime Minister Tony Blair or those close to him pointing to a cover-up of the findings of the report following the invasion of Iraq by British and American forces after Tony Blair’s claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and after his decision to ignore, many people believe unlawfully, the United Nations Resolution 1441 in November 2002 that offered Iraq under Saddam Hussein one last final opportunity to comply with  disarmament obligations.

Leaders within coalition British Government have expressed concern over the delays with Nick Clegg saying that the delay was “incomprehensible” and former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith saying the delay was “disappointing”. Sir John Chilcott had written to the David Cameron informing him that “substantial progress” had been made but that those criticised by the report needed an opportunity to respond to the criticism so far provided in the report. Mr Cameron in reply to Sir John has said he would have like to have seen the publication already and has criticised the former Labour Government for it’s delay in being published.

Cicero Lounge has a link to the Aitken Report (National Archives – MOD)  which documented and examined allegations of the British Army’s conduct against the allegations of abuse against Iraqi soldiers and civilians loyal to Saddam Hussein

See also the War Report for information on other reports issued following the Iraq and Afghan wars

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Ed Miliband Marries Justine Thornton


Ed Milliband and Justine Thorntons wedding

Ed Milliband and Justine Thorntons wedding

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his long time partner Justine Thornton got married at Langor Hall in Nottinghamshire in a very private civil marriage ceremon. The village of Langor where the ceremony took place is a small village south-east of Nottingham and is according to residents normally a quiet village. Ed Miliband and Justine Thornton wanted their wedding to be a private affair with as little media intrusion. They wanted only close family and friends to attend, this included Ed’s brother David Miliband.  Gordon Brown and David Cameron although not present sent best wishes to the couple.

Prior to the actual event Ed Miliband wrote to twitter followers and friends “Thanks for all the good wishes…Really looking forward to the day. Feel like the luckiest guy in the world to be marrying Justine.”

Ed had lived with Justine and the couple have had children together until they felt the time was right to marry, he previously has said of living as unmarried partners “We’ll get married because we want to get married and love each other very much, no other reason.”

They now are planning a five day European honeymoon.

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