Chilcot to face MPs after Iraq war report delays

Sir John Chilcot is facing questions from MPs amid criticism of delays to his report into the Iraq war.

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Families 'not given a second thought' by Chilcot Inquiry

Families who lost loved ones in the Iraq war feel ignored by the Chilcot Inquiry one mother has told ITV News.

Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Iraq more than ten years ago, said: "I don't think a lot of them are actually thinking of the families, not just the Chilcot Inquiry. I think a lot of these people holding back documents are not even giving the families a second thought."

Chilcot to face MPs to explain Iraq inquiry delay

The head of the inquiry into the Iraq war is to face MPs today to explain the delays in the final report, more than five years after the probe was launched.

Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry Sir John Chilcot will face MPs later today. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Sir John Chilcot will face questions from MPs amid fierce criticism of the delays.

The inquiry chairman will appear before the Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the process and "obstacles which remain". Prime Minister David Cameron has been among those expressing frustration that the report has yet to be finalised.


Families of Iraq war dead await Chilcot report findings

The families of the 179 British troops who lost their lives in the Iraq war have found delays to the Chilcott Inquiry report deeply distressing.

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers spoke to Reg Keys, who lost his son Tom during the conflict, about his wait for answers:

Political leaders vent anger at delay to Chilcot report

Political leaders and the parents of the casualties of the 2003 war have been united in their anger and frustration at further delays to the publication of the Chilcot Iraq War report.

The report is apparently being held up because not everyone implicated in it has had their right to reply but Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who backed George W Bush and took Britain to war, insisted the delay was not because of him.

ITV News' Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:


Chilcot 'considering' invitation to appear before MPs

Sir John Chilcot has been asked to appear before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

A spokeswoman for the Iraq War inquiry has confirmed that Sir John Chilcot received the invitation to appear before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and was considering his response.

Chairman of the Committee, Sir Richard Ottaway, has written to Sir John asking him to face MPs "at some point in the next two weeks" to explain "what stage preparation of the report has reached and what obstacles remain" before it can be submitted.

Father of fallen soldier 'disgusted' by Chilcot delay

The father of a soldier killed in Iraq has told ITV News he is "absolutely disgusted" by the latest delay in publishing the inquiry report into the war.

Roger Bacon, whose son, Major Matthew Bacon, was killed in Basra in 2005, said the families of fallen servicemen needed answers from Sir John Chilcot's panel.

"I'm absolutely disgusted by it. By the time this inquiry is published, it will probably have taken longer than the whole of the Iraq war - that's absolutely ridiculous," Mr Bacon told Mary Nightingale.

PM: Politicians aren't trying to 'dodge' Chilcot criticism

Delays to the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry are not down to senior politicians trying to "dodge" criticism, David Cameron has said amid growing anger.

David Cameron during Prime Minister's Questions today. Credit: PA Wire

The Prime Minister said there was "no mystery" behind Sir John Chilcot's announcement that his panel's findings would not be published before May's general election.

"My understanding is that there is no mystery in why this is taking so long," Mr Cameron said.

"It is a very thorough report and you have to give the people who are criticised in a report the opportunity to respond to all those criticisms.

"That is what is happening at the moment. I don't believe, from what I understand, that anyone is trying to dodge this report or put off this report."

Blair insists he has not caused delay of Chilcot report

Tony Blair has denied suggestions that he has caused the delay in the publication of the Chilcot report.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Credit: Reuters

A spokesperson for Mr Blair said the former prime minister "regrets" the delay and wanted the inquiry to be allowed to proceed with its work.

We have repeatedly said that it is not true to say that Tony Blair has caused the delay in the report’s publication.

Sir John’s letter makes reference to notes and records concerning Mr Blair, which some may interpret as an implicit suggestion that Mr Blair caused the delay, this is not true.

On the contrary, he regrets this delay in its publication.

Incorrect allegations and politically motivated speculation do nothing to shine a light on the issues involved.

It is an independent inquiry and it should be allowed to proceed with its work.

– Spokesperson for Tony Blair
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