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John Mann: public were 'misled' on Iraq

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has spoken out against his party's conduct during the Iraq war, saying the public were 'misled' after the publication of the Chilcot Report.

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Jeremy Corbyn heckled giving Iraq speech

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was heckled in the House of Commons on Wednesday, whilst giving his reaction to the Chilcot report.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reported that a fellow Labour MP told Mr Corbyn to "sit down and shut up" before adding, "you're a disgrace".

Speaker of the House, John Bercow, interjected proceedings and said: "The Right Honorable gentleman is entitled to be heard with courtesy."

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Sending troops without right equipment 'unacceptable'

Sending brave British troops into onto the battlefield in Iraq without proper equipment was "unacceptable", David Cameron said.

He added: "And whatever else we learn from this conflict, we must all pledge that this will never happen again."

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Jeremy Corbyn: Iraq war fuelled and spread terrorism

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Chilcot report showed the Iraq war was "an act of military aggression launched on a false pretext" and insisted the conflict has long been regarded as illegal.

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Cameron: Lessons must be learned from Iraq War

Cameron said lessons must keep being learned from the Iraq War. Credit: House of Commons

David Cameron has said lessons must be learned "and keep being learned" from the Iraq War.

The Prime Minister said taking the country to war "should always be a last resort" that is only done if all credible alternatives have been exhausted.

If the "difficult" decision to intervene in other countries is taken then proper planning for what follows is vital.

And our armed forces must always be properly equipped and resourced, he added.

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PM: We will never forget those who died in Iraq War

The prime minister has said the lives of those servicemen and women lost in the Iraq War "will never be forgotten".

Speaking after the Chilcot report was delivered, David Cameron said it was a "difficult day for all the families of those who lost loved ones".

He added: "They've waited for this report for too long, and our first thoughts today must be with them.

"In their grief and anger, I hope they can at least draw some solace form the depth and rigour of this report.

"And above all, some comfort from knowing we will never forget the incredible service and sacrifice of their sons, daughters, husbands and wives.

"And we must pledge today to look after them for the rest of their lives."

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Tony Blair: Decision to invade was taken in good faith

Tony Blair, pictured last month. Credit: PA

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said his decision to invade Iraq was taken in "good faith" and "the best interests of the country."

He added that he will respond to details this afternoon, and will take "full responsibility for any mistakes without exception or excuse".

The report should lay to rest allegations of bad faith, lies or deceit. Whether people agree or disagree with my decision to take military action against Saddam Hussein; I took it in good faith and in what I believed to be the best interests of the country.

I note that the report finds clearly:

1) That there was no falsification or improper use of Intelligence (para 876 vol 4)

2) No deception of Cabinet (para 953 vol 5)

3) No secret commitment to war whether at Crawford Texas in April 2002 or elsewhere (para 572 onwards vol 1)

The inquiry does not make a finding on the legal basis for military action but finds that the Attorney General had concluded there was such a lawful basis by 13th March 2003 (para 933 vol 5).

However the report does make real and material criticisms of preparation, planning, process and of the relationship with the United States.

These are serious criticisms and they require serious answers.

– Tony Blair
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