British MPs plan vote against Tony Blair


Blair holds a press conference at Admiralty House, London, after
retired civil servant John Chilcot presented The Iraq Inquiry Report.
Photo / AP

faces being thrown out of the Queen’s Privy Council
after senior MPs from both sides of the Commons said they will
use the damning Chilcot inquiry to try to rule him in contempt of
A senior Tory behind the motion said the public now
wanted to see the former Prime Minister punished for his role in taking
to war in Iraq.
David Davis, a senior Tory backbencher,
said he expected widespread parliamentary support for a contempt motion
as a way of holding Blair to account for “deceit”.
Jeremy Corbyn,
the Labour leader, said he was likely to back the motion because
Parliament was denied information in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of
Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein.
Sir John Chilcot last week
delivered a damning verdict on Britain’s Iraq intervention led by Blair,
saying it was based on flawed intelligence, that Saddam did not pose an
imminent threat, and that the campaign ended in failure.

Davis, the former shadow home secretary, said it could be debated before the end of the month.
said: “The public want to see something done, there’s no doubt about
that. Well, this is a fairly symbolic punishment, but nevertheless it
does at least give a verdict.”
Davis said if the motion was
passed, the Government would be forced to take notice. Corbyn said:
“Parliament must hold to account, including Tony Blair, those who took
us into this particular war.”

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