Former foreign secretary Jack Straw has dismissed Jeremy Corbyn's pledge to apologise for the Iraq War on behalf of Labour if elected as the party's leader.
Mr Corbyn, the front runner in the leadership race who fiercely opposed the 2003 invasion, said the party must say sorry for the "deception" in a statement to The Guardian.
Mr Straw, who helped to lead the case for war and has always defended the controversial decision to invade, told ITV News: "There was no deception."
The view that Iraq posed a threat because of its weapons of mass destruction was upheld unanimously by the Security Council when it passed Resolution 1441 in November 2002.
"I deeply regret the loss of life," Mr Straw added.
British-based group the Iraq Body Count has recorded 142,856 to 162,136 civilian deaths in Iraq from violence following the 2003 invasion as part of a total death toll of 219,000, though all figures are considered to be low-end estimates. Some 179 British personnel died in the conflict.
The Chilcot Inquiry, which was set up in July 2009 to look at the UK's role in the Iraq War, including the decision to invade and the preparation of troops, is still to publish its findings.
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Ed Miliband has called on David Cameron to ban MPs from having second jobs "to restore the reputation of this house" following recent allegations against two former foreign secretaries.
Mr Miliband accused the Prime Minister of not wanting to change the rules after the Government amended a Labour motion that MPs should only have one job.
The Labour leader recalled comments by Mr Cameron in 2009 when he said in opposition that "being a Member of Parliament must be a full-time commitment" and that "double-jobbing MPs" would not be allowed under his leadership.
Mr Cameron said Mr Miliband's proposal was "not thought through", adding: "I think the difficulty with your specific proposal is it would allow, for instance, someone to be a paid trade union official but it wouldn't allow someone to run a family business or a family shop."
Miliband hit back, saying: "Let's agree now we will rule out anyone being a paid trade union official, a paid director, or a paid consultant. Say yes and we can restore the reputation of this House."
ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby said Mr Miliband's performance at Prime Minister's Questions was one of his "best" for a while.
Less than 24 hours after saying he'd done nothing wrong in offering to take money for influence, Sir Malcolm Rifkind signalled the end of a parliamentary career dating back four decades earlier today.
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:
Former Conservative Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has stepped down from an important parliamentary committee and says he'll quit as an MP at the election.
It comes after he was secretly filmed apparently discussing payment for political influence.
Sir Malcolm admitted today he may have made errors of judgment - but insisted he'd done nothing wrong.
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:
Sir Malcolm Rifkind has denied any wrong doing and said the cash for access allegations are "not justified".
He announced earlier today that he would be stepping down as an MP at the General Election and he also resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee,
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:
Sir Malcolm Rifkind has again denied any wrong doing over the cash-for-access claims, saying he may have made "errors of judgement" but said, "I don't think I did anything wrong."
Sir Malcolm was speaking after his resignation as the chair of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee and saying he will step down as an MP at the general election.
The former Foreign Secretary said he had resigned as he "did not want the work of the committee to be distracted."
The Conservative party has said it supports Sir Malcolm Rifkind's decision to stand down as an MP.
Sir Rifkind, 68, also announced earlier today he would be resigning as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee
The news comes amid fresh pressure over cash for access allegations.
Sir Malcolm has had a long career of distinguished service both to the Conservative Party and the country. We respect and support his decision to stand down.
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Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said the recent controversy over cash for payments was not relevant to him role as Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee chairman, however he has still decided to resign from the role.
He will remain on the committee.
None of the current controversy with which I am associated is relevant to my work as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.
However, I have today informed my colleagues that while I will remain a member of the Committee, I will step down from the Chairmanship.
The Committee is due to be dissolved in little over a month with the prorogation of Parliament for the forthcoming General Election. The main substantive work which needs to be completed will be the publication of our Privacy and Security Report during March.
I do not want the work of the Committee and the publication of the Report to be, in any way, distracted or affected by controversy as to my personal position. I have concluded, therefore, that it is better that this important work should be presided over by a new Chairman.