7 Feb 2015 - Press Letter: Delay in Iraq war Chilcot inquiry unacceptable

It is unjustifiable that the long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War will not be published until after the General Election in May. When the independent inquiry was first set up in 2009, the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown stated in the House of Commons that the final report would be published within a year. However nearly six years on members of the public, soldiers and their families affected by the war are still waiting for the answers.

In 2003 Britain was led into an invasion of Iraq. Nearly 200 British service personnel were killed. More than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have since died. Hundreds of thousands of families have been torn apart in the post-war chaos; and billions of pounds of taxpayer’s money has been spent. Liberal Democrats were the only major party to oppose and to vote against this illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. We were the first to call for an Inquiry and we have now set up a petition calling for publication of the Chilcot report. A link to the petition is here: http://change.libdems.org.uk/chilcot

It is important that the lessons from the Chilcot report are learnt as soon as possible, but it has to be published before that can even start.