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Thirty in the firing line – Mail on Sunday

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, February 8, 2015

by Chris Ames The Mail on Sunday’s political editor Simon Walters says that: Thirty people, including Tony Blair, are set to be heavily criticised by the Chilcot Inquiry in its ‘devastating’ attack on the Iraq War. Well-placed sources say that ‘approximately 30’ people have been sent letters by chairman Sir John Chilcot warning them that […]

Chilcot gives no ground on documents

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

by Chris Ames Answering one of a number of questions from John Baron MP as to why the Inquiry can’t publish the “settled body of evidence” now, Sir John Chilcot gave this explanation: To publish a reliable account in full and in immense detail but to draw no conclusions, to offer  no analysis leaves individuals […]

Call for Chilcot to release Iraq documents ‘immediately’

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Saturday, January 24, 2015

by Chris Ames In the Observer, Jamie Doward and I report that: Senior politicians have called for the immediate publication of all documents cleared for release by the Iraq war inquiry. With the report not being released until after the election, the issue now is why the Inquiry is insisting on holding back in the […]

Not the Chilcot report

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Saturday, January 24, 2015

by Chris Ames The Independent has taken the admirable approach of publishing a series of articles setting out what it calls “the nearest thing that you’ll get to a definitive report on Britain’s involvement in Iraq”. It begins with a piece by Andy McSmith on September 11 and the Road to the Iraq war. The […]

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 […]

Take your pick of petitions

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

By Chris Ames There are two online petitions demanding the publication of the Inquiry report. One, on the 38 Degrees website, makes the very valid point that: When conducting the ‘Maxwelisation’ process, Chilcot should have given the respondents a fixed time period within which to reply and make it clear that at the end of […]

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 […]

Let’s get together – Sturgeon

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, January 18, 2015

by Chris Ames The BBC (and others) reports that Scotland’s first minister has urged political consensus in demanding that the long-awaited report into the Iraq war be published as soon as possible. [..] Nicola Sturgeon has written to all Scottish party leaders urging them to unite in seeking publication. […] BBC Scotland’s political editor Brian […]

Report unlikely before election – Standard

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

by Chris Ames The Evening Standard’s Joe Murphy reports that: Anger grew today as new evidence emerged that the delayed Iraq War inquiry may not be published until after the general election. The Evening Standard has learned that one witness received a formal  letter inviting a response to criticism only last month, which suggests the […]

More from Llwyd and Davis

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, January 11, 2015

by Chris Ames Elfyn Llwyd, who features in this morning’s Observer story on the Inquiry, has been speaking on the issue on the BBC today: Delaying the report of the inquiry into the Iraq war until after the general election would offend the families of fallen service people, a Plaid Cymru MP has said. Elfyn […]