Archive for 'Process' Category

Today’s debate

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, January 29, 2015

by Chris Ames During this afternoon’s debate, Respect MP George Galloway slammed MPs for, amongst other things, a very poor attendance. In particular, he said, only 7 Labour MPs were present. Here’s a shot of Tory MP Dominic Grieve being interrupted by colleague Bernard Jenkin. In the background Rory Stewart is playing with his phone […]

Inquiry delay to be debated in London and Edinburgh today

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, January 29, 2015

by Chris Ames In addition to the well-publicised debate in the House of Commons this morning, the Scottish Parliament will be discussing the Inquiry this afternoon. According to the UK Parliament website: The debate will take place in the House of Commons Chamber on Thursday 29 January 2015 and will begin from around 11.15am – 11.30am. […]

What’s the story?

By admin - Last updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

by Richard Heller There was an interesting development at yesterday’s session of the Commons public administration committee, which grilled Sir Jeremy Heywood on the delays to the Inquiry report. I had previously put to the committee my Yorkshire Post article, suggesting that Parliament subpoena the report as it stands and publish it in time for […]

Clegg pledges more cash

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, January 22, 2015

by Chris Ames The Telegraph reports that: Nick Clegg has promised more resources for the Iraq War inquiry team to ensure that the final report is published “in the quickest way possible”. The Deputy Prime Minister was speaking out after The Daily Telegraph disclosed that the final report by Sir John Chilcot, which will run […]

Chilcot may have compromised less than we thought

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

by Chris Ames Sir John Chilcot’s letter to David Cameron is now on the Inquiry website, along with Cameron’s reply. I’m still not clear why Chilcot’s letter couldn’t have been posted yesterday, when it was sent. Chilcot’s letter does suggest that he has been rather more  than he previously said in getting the government to […]

Report after election, Guardian and BBC say

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

by Chris Ames The Guardian reports that: The six-year long British inquiry into the 2003 Iraq invasion and its aftermath will not be published before the general election, prompting an outcry from those demanding that the long overdue reckoning should be put before the voters. Similarly, the BBC’s Nick Robinson has tweeted that: Chilcott will […]

Debate on 29 January

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

by Chris Ames The BBC reports that:  A cross-party group of MPs has secured a Commons debate in which they will push for publication of the long-awaited inquiry into the Iraq war. The MPs, including former Conservative Attorney General Dominic Grieve, are concerned the report will not be published before May’s election. The debate, which […]

Publish within a week

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Saturday, January 10, 2015

by Chris Ames The Telegraph reports that: Ministers must commit to publishing the Chilcot Inquiry report before the election if it is completed in time, the Liberal Democrats have demanded. Tim Farron, the party’s foreign office spokesman, wrote to Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office Secretary, urging the Conservatives to formally agree releasing the report within […]

If Brown’s promise had been kept…

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, January 8, 2015

by Chris Ames Listening to Lord Wallace erroneously recalling what the previous government promised about how the report would be published, I was prompted to look up what Gordon Brown actually said. On 15 June 2009, when he first announced what was originally intended to be a behind-closed-doors inquiry, Brown told the House of Commons: […]

Immense frustration

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

by Chris Ames The delay to the report came up twice at today’s PMQs, with David Cameron once more shrugging his shoulders and claiming it was nothing to do with him, although it was Labour’s fault for not launching the Inquiry earlier. The BBC reports that: The prime minister said he was “not able to […]