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Don’t delay report until after the election – Fallon

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, December 14, 2014

by Chris Ames As he announced the return of hundreds more British troops to Iraq, defence Secretary Michael Fallon gave an interview to the Telegraph in which he made a couple of significant comments about the Inquiry. Mr Fallon is also impatient to see the results of the Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war. […]

Cameron: don’t ask me

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

by Chris Ames The Guardian (and others) reports that: David Cameron has conceded he has no control over when the Chilcot report into the Iraq war will appear after previously urging the inquiry to publish before Christmas. The prime minister was asked when the long-running inquiry would finally return its conclusions on the day a […]

Don’t hide the report from the voters – Plaid Cymru

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, November 24, 2014

by Chris Ames Wales Online reports that: On the fifth anniversary of the first session of Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq Inquiry, politicians have condemned the fact that the report into the lessons of the conflict has yet to be published. There are fears that the public will now not see the report ahead of the […]

Salmon letters sent out “some time ago” – Daily Mail

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

by Chris Ames The Mail reports that: Letters containing the detailed conclusions of the public inquiry into the Iraq War have been sent to the main participants, the Daily Mail understands. The revelation will increase speculation that the conclusions of the long-delayed inquiry could be made public in the coming months. Tony Blair and Jack […]

Lord Wallace: I want books for Christmas

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

by Chris Ames The Inquiry is in the news again today, with further discussion about the delay, whether the report will be published before the election, and the cost, which is likely to go over £10m. Here is the whole of yesterday’s debate in the Lords.   Asked by Lord Dykes To ask Her Majesty’s […]

No cover-up, says Blair aide

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

By Chris Ames The BBC reports Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood’s appearance before the Commons Public Administration Committee.  The Iraq Inquiry report will “not be a cover-up in any shape or form”, the UK’s top civil servant has insisted. Sir Jeremy Heywood told MPs that the report would be “more transparent” than people were expecting and […]

Concealment upon concealment upon concealment

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, August 7, 2014

by Chris Ames I wrote on Monday about the Foreign Office’s refusal to release documents I had identified and requested under the Freedom of Information Act, on the grounds the the Iraq Inquiry will publish them, eventually. Looking at the documents and the context, you can see why the Inquiry thinks they are significant. What […]

The Inquiry is the obstacle to disclosure

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, August 4, 2014

by Chris Ames As I have pointed out on many occasions, for all John Chilcot’s huffing and puffing about what it will be allowed to publish when it eventually releases its report, the Iraq Inquiry is in fact sitting on a large pile of documents which it has asked to publish and is allowed to […]

Straw’s deceit in his own words

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, July 7, 2014

by Chris Ames In a post yesterday, I pointed out that Jack Straw had, in a statement to the Inquiry, avoided explaining why he conspired with Tony Blair to give Cabinet colleagues a piece of propaganda but not the Cabinet Office Options paper, which explained how regime change in Iraq could be secured via “the […]

Sedwill to be probed over dossier cover-up allegations

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, July 6, 2014

by Chris Ames Mark Sedwill, the Home Office permanent secretary who is to appear before a parliamentary committee over his department’s somewhat careless handling of allegations of child abuse by politicians, is an important figure in the events leading up to the invasion of Iraq, in his role as foreign secretary Jack Straw’s private secretary. […]