Jeremy Corbyn Will 'Probably' Back Finding Tony Blair 'In Contempt' For Iraq War After Chilcot Report

Chilcot certainly wasn't the end of Blair's troubles!

10/07/2016 11:46 | Updated 10 July 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has suggested he will back a bid to find Tony Blair in contempt for “misleading” MPs over his motives for launching war on Iraq.

The Labour leader signalled he was likely to back a move by several backbenchers that would find the former prime minister had deceived Parliament. 

Speaking today, Corbyn urged his own party’s MPs to read the Chilcot report - which revealed Blair took military action before exhausting all peaceful options - ahead of a potential vote in the Commons next week.

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The Chilcot Report released this week found Blair relied on intelligence that was flawed

The Labour leader accused Blair of “denying Parliament the information it should have had”.

“I urge colleagues to read the Butler report and read the Chilcot report, about the way in which Parliament was denied the information it should have had,” he said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

“Parliament must hold to account, including Tony Blair, those who took us into this particularly war - that is surely what parliamentary democracy is about.”

Corbyn said Blair should be held to account by MPs

Pushed for a yes or no answer on whether he would back the motion by Tory MP David Davis to find Blair in contempt, Corbyn said: “I haven’t seen it yet but I think I probably would.”

The motion could face being debated next week if enough MPs back it and Speaker John Bercow allows the vote to go ahead.

Davies believes MPs were misled on five accounts, three referring to Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, one on a UN vote and another on the impact to the UK’s terror threat. 

“He might have done one of those accidentally, but five?” questioned Davies.

The comments come after the Blair, who led a joint invasion with the US into Iraq in 2003, said there had been “no lies, no deceit” about his motives and decision.

Defending himself in the aftermath of the damning Chilcot Report, the former PM insisted:  “I can look not just the families of this country but the nation in the eye and say: ‘I did not mislead this country’.”

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Blair insisted he had not misled the country

But instead of standing by the decision, Corbyn himself apologised on behalf of the Labour Party for its decision under Blair to invade Iraq. 

He said earlier this week: “That apology is owed first of all to the people of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost and the country is still living with the devastating consequences of the war and the forces it unleashed.”

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“The apology is also owed to the families of those soldiers who died in Iraq or who have returned home injured or incapacitated.

Corbyn added: “Finally, it is an apology to the millions of British citizens who feel our democracy was traduced and undermined by the way in which the decision to go to war was taken on the basic of secret ‘I will be with you, whatever’ understandings given to the US president that have now been publicly exposed.”


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