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Tim Farron: Iraq war now threatens the safety of all of us

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has said Tony Blair had a "single-minded determination to go to war", which now threatens "the safety of all of us".

Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Tim Farron added the "reckless and complete absence" of a plan led directly to the deaths of 179 servicemen and women.

He said: "What has come next is the fuelling of what is now ISIS, Daesh, which threatens not only Iraq, but the Middle East and indeed the safety of all of us".

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Farron slams 'catastrophic' Iraq war invasion

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has strongly condemned the decision to invade Iraq, following the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats says he hopes the findings can "in some way provide comfort" to families of servicemen and women who lost their lives.

Blair was fixated in joining Bush in going to war in Iraq regardless of the evidence, the legality or the serious potential consequences.

Daesh has arisen from the complete absence of any post conflict planning by the government.

Charles Kennedy’s judgement has been vindicated in every respect. I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism of him and the Liberal Democrats at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right. An absence of scrutiny by the Conservative party opened the door for Blair and the Labour Government to pursue a counter-strategic, ill-resourced campaign.

I hope Sir John Chilcot’s findings can in some way provide comfort to the families of the British servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives, and to the people of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives and a generation has been shaped by this illegal war.

Far from being Bush’s passenger, Blair was his co-pilot in taking this catastrophic decision which has destabilised Iraq, provided the hotbed for Daesh and tarnished Britain’s reputation around the world.

– Tim Farron MP

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Publication of Chilcot report due today

Sir John Chilcot Credit: PA

The families of servicemen and women killed in the Iraq war are awaiting publication of the Chilcot report today.

The 2.6 million word document will detail evidence heard at the hearing which started in November 2009.

The conflict saw 179 British personnel lose their lives including four men from the ITV Border region.

Tim Farron joins march against Brexit

Tim Farron at the march in London. Credit: Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat leader and local MP Tim Farron has been taking part in an anti-Brexit march in London.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP has pledged to fight against plans for Britain to leave the European Union.

Business Minister says McVitie's must stay

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Business Minister, Anna Soubry, says the government must do everything possible to make sure companies like McVitie's don't leave Carlisle because of the threat of future flooding.

Anna Soubry visited the McVitie's factory this morning.

The factory was submerged under 39million litres of water and production stopped for four months.

Absolutely making it clear to McVitie's, we want them to stay in Carlisle. We are very keen to listen to them today, that's why I've come here specifically to McVitie's to talk to the senior managers to see what we can do to make sure they don't get flooded again."

– Anna Soubry, Business Minister
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