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Britain's Iraq inquiry tries to fend off criticism over delay

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - The chairman of a British public inquiry into the Iraq War that has yet to publish any…

  • Corbyn Will Apologise For Iraq War If He Wins
    Corbyn Will Apologise For Iraq War If He Wins Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Jeremy Corbyn has said he will apologise for the Iraq war if he becomes Labour leader next month. The surprise frontrunner in the leadership contest told The Guardian he will issue a formal apology on behalf of the party. Britain was led into the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent conflict under then-Labour prime minister Tony Blair. More »

  • Chilcot Inquiry delays 'a disgrace for families of soldiers killed in I …
    Chilcot Inquiry delays 'a disgrace for families of soldiers killed in I … Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    David Cameron should "pull the plug" on the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War and give Parliament a vote to force a timetable for the long-delayed report's publication, Tony Blair's former attorney general has said. More »

  • Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham get close as Yvette Cooper maintains Labour leadership …
    Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham get close as Yvette Cooper maintains Labour leadership … Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham are putting on a united front as the Labour leadership election heats up. Burnham has already promised to give the left-winger a role in his shadow cabinet if he wins and it now seems Corbyn would return the favour. Burnham, the MP for Leigh, has not attacked Corbyn throughout the leadership race despite interventions from Labour grandees including Gordon Brown and Tony Blair against the veteran parliamentarian. More »

  • Voters 'More Likely' To Choose Corbyn-Led Labour
    Voters 'More Likely' To Choose Corbyn-Led Labour Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Voters would be more likely to back Labour in a general election under Jeremy Corbyn than any of his rivals, a survey suggests. The findings cast doubt on claims he would bring Labour "annihilation" at the polls. Mr Corbyn - the hot favourite to win the leadership contest - has been heavily criticised by senior Labour figures, including former PM Tony Blair. More »

  • Labour poised to gamble on socialism in leadership contest
    Labour poised to gamble on socialism in leadership contest Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party on Friday began voting for a new leader in a contest that polls indicate will be won by Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran fan of Karl Marx who has upstaged rivals by promising a radical shift back to the party's socialist roots. The victor will have to marshal supporters in a referendum on European Union membership and is likely to be the main challenger to Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in the 2020 election. After Labour's worst election defeat since 1987 in May, four contenders are battling in a selection process characterised by Labour's most successful leader, Tony Blair, as a tug of war between the party's head and its heart. More »

  • Tony Blair stuck his oar into the Labour leadership race – and some people are …
    Tony Blair stuck his oar into the Labour leadership race – and some people are … Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    “If Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader … It will mean rout, possibly annihilation.” More »

  • Ex-PM Blair warns Labour faces 'annihilation' if it veers left
    Ex-PM Blair warns Labour faces 'annihilation' if it veers left Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party faces "annihilation" if it makes left-wing lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn its next leader, former prime minister Tony Blair said on Thursday, warning party members they are "walking eyes shut, arms outstretched, over the cliff's edge." Voting begins on Friday in a month-long four-way leadership contest triggered by Labour's defeat in a national election in May. Opinion polls show Corbyn, who wants to steer the party back towards its socialist roots, has a large lead over his rivals. The prospect of a Corbyn-led party has put Labour in "danger more mortal today than at any point in the over 100 years of its existence", Blair wrote in the Guardian newspaper. Labour's most successful leader, Blair won three national elections from 1997 to 2005 on a centrist platform. More »

  • Chilcot Inquiry: Publish Report in 2015 or Face Legal Action, Say Soldiers' …
    Chilcot Inquiry: Publish Report in 2015 or Face Legal Action, Say Soldiers' … Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The families of British soldiers killed in the Iraq War have demanded that Sir John Chilcot to set a deadline for the publication of his report on the UK inquiry into the conflict, and are threatening legal action if he fails to do so in the next two weeks. The five-member panel leading the inquiry began collecting evidence in 2009 and heard from hundreds of witnesses, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair, concluding its final hearings in 2011. The wide-ranging inquiry has sought to detail communications between Blair and President George W. Bush in the run-up to the conflict. More »

  • Blair warns his party of 'annihilation' Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says his party faces "annihilation" should Labour elect far-left lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn as its leader. More »

  • Blair Warns Of Corbyn 'Annihilation' Of Labour
    Blair Warns Of Corbyn 'Annihilation' Of Labour Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Tony Blair has stepped into the fray again to try to halt Jeremy Corbyn's runaway campaign success. Mr Blair's latest intervention follows a YouGov poll suggesting Mr Corbyn could win in the first round with 53% of the vote. Tony Blair writes in the Guardian newspaper: "It doesn't matter whether you’re on the left, right or centre of the party, whether you used to support me or hate me. More »

  • Tony Blair warns Labour party risks 'annihilation' if Jeremy Corbyn …
    Tony Blair warns Labour party risks 'annihilation' if Jeremy Corbyn … Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Former Labour leader and three times prime minister Tony Blair has again come out strongly against leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn, warning that the party faces 'annihilation' if Corbyn becomes the next party leader. The YouGov poll shows that Corbyn will win the leadership race with 53% of first-preference votes, thereby preventing the race from going to a second round. There has also been a last money surge in new Labour party members signing up to vote before the cut-off time. More »

  • Labour leadership election: More than 600,000 registered to vote
    Labour leadership election: More than 600,000 registered to vote Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    More than 600,000 people are set to choose the next Labour leader amid warnings from Tony Blair that the party risks "annihilation" under Jeremy Corbyn. More »

  • UK's Blair warns of Labour 'annihilation' over left surge
    UK's Blair warns of Labour 'annihilation' over left surge Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Former British prime minister Tony Blair appealed to members of his Labour party to prevent a left-wing socialist candidate being elected its new leader, warning of electoral "annihilation". More »

  • Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn's Stance on Russia in Spotlight …
    Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn's Stance on Russia in Spotlight … Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn's comments during an interview on the state-run channel Russia Today have led to speculation the left-wing MP wants warmer relations with Russia. Corbyn, whose anti-war and anti-austerity stance has triggered doubt about his mainstream appeal among more centrist Labour figures, overtook Andy Burnham as the frontrunner in the leadership race in July. Meanwhile figures on the right of the party such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell and Labour MP Tristram Hunt, who withdrew from the leadership race in May, have all warned that Corbyn's triumph would hinder Labour's chances at the next election. More »

  • Berlusconi 'To Sell Villa To Saudi Royals'
    Berlusconi 'To Sell Villa To Saudi Royals' Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly set to sell his holiday villa to the Saudi royal family for £350m. Villa Certosa, on the island of Sardinia, apparently includes an amphitheatre, a secret underground entrance that allows guests to exit discreetly and even an artificial volcano that erupts. Former guests to the villa - which reports say has 68 rooms and is set in 168 acres of land - include George W Bush, Vladimir Putin and Tony Blair. More »

  • Team Corbyn Plays Down Clause IV Revival Hint
    Team Corbyn Plays Down Clause IV Revival Hint Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Jeremy Corbyn's team has denied comments he made hinting that he would reintroduce Labour's commitment to public ownership with a reinstatement of Clause IV. In an interview the veteran Islington North MP  suggested he would consider reversing Tony Blair's decision 20 years ago to scrap Clause IV of the party's constitution. Mr Blair's scrapping of Clause IV was a significant moment in his leadership, helping to convince voters that the party could be trusted again in government after the wilderness years of the 1980s. More »

  • Frontrunner to lead Labour eyes return to nationalisation credo
    Frontrunner to lead Labour eyes return to nationalisation credo Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - One of the leading contenders to head Britain's main opposition party said he might make state ownership of key industries a central part of Labour's ideology once again, restoring a policy famously scrapped by Tony Blair. Jeremy Corbyn, 66, the most left-wing of four leadership candidates, wants to return the centre-left party to its socialist roots, but his centrist rivals say the perception that Labour was anti-business was one of the reasons it lost a May election so resoundingly. Corbyn had already said he would take the railway and energy networks back into public ownership if he won power. More »

  • Corbyn: Blair Could Stand Trial for War Crimes in 'Illegal' Iraq Wa …
    Corbyn: Blair Could Stand Trial for War Crimes in 'Illegal' Iraq Wa … Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should face a war crimes trial if evidence comes to light that indicates he was complicit in decisions which violated international law in the "illegal" Iraq war in 2003, Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn has said. In an interview with BBC's Newsnight programme on Tuesday night, Corbyn was asked if Blair should face war crimes charges. Indeed Kofi Annan [UN secretary general at the time of the war] confirmed it was an illegal war and therefore [Tony Blair] has to explain to that," Corbyn added. More »

  • Blair should stand trial if he committed war crime over Iraq - Corbyn
    Blair should stand trial if he committed war crime over Iraq - Corbyn Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair should be tried for war crimes over the 2003 Iraq war if evidence shows he broke international law, Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, a leading candidate to head the party Blair once led, has said. In 2003, when Blair was prime minister, Britain joined a U.S-led invasion of Iraq despite widespread public opposition. Asked if he thought Blair should face trial, Corbyn said: "If he has committed a war crime, yes. More »

  • 'Bearded voter-repellent' or cure for 'virus'? Leftist shakes …
    'Bearded voter-repellent' or cure for 'virus'? Leftist shakes … Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Reeling from their worst defeat in decades, senior figures in the Labour Party want to tack to the centre to win back voters, but party activists are rallying behind a leftist stalwart who says it is time to get radical. Labour is so divided over the choice of a leader to replace failed prime ministerial candidate Ed Miliband that some are questioning whether the party that created Britain's welfare state and health service can even hold together. Party heavyweights who served as cabinet ministers under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown from 1997-2010 have been issuing increasingly panicked warnings that a lurch to the left would consign Labour to electoral oblivion. More »

  • Drug Shame Peer Steps Down From House Of Lords
    Drug Shame Peer Steps Down From House Of Lords Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Lord Sewel has stepped down from the House of Lords after being filmed allegedly taking drugs with two prostitutes but will get to retain his title. Footage showed Lord Sewel, who in his role as chairman of the Privileges and Standards Committee is responsible for setting behaviour standards for peers, in an orange bra and leather jacket smoking and drinking with the women. In other scenes he attacked some of the country's most high-profile politicians, including Tony Blair and David Cameron, whom he called "facile". More »

  • Surprise contender to lead Labour - Renationalise swaths of economy
    Surprise contender to lead Labour - Renationalise swaths of economy Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - A surprise contender to lead Britain's opposition Labour Party said on Sunday he believed swaths of the economy should be renationalised as a battle for the left-wing party's soul prompted warnings it could split in two. The party, which in May suffered its worst election defeat in almost three decades, is choosing a new leader it hopes can challenge Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in 2020. Ed Miliband, its previous leader, quit in May. The unexpected success of Jeremy Corbyn, the most left-leaning of four leadership candidates, has dominated the contest, sparking warnings from rivals he would consign the party of triple election winner Tony Blair to "oblivion". More »

  • Lords Standards Chief Quits After Drug Claims
    Lords Standards Chief Quits After Drug Claims Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords has resigned after a national newspaper published video of him apparently taking drugs with prostitutes. Baron John Sewel stepped down from his post after the revelations appeared in The Sun On Sunday. The peer, who was once a key ally of Tony Blair, was in charge of upholding standards in the Lords. More »

  • Political Times: Corbyn-mania runs Labour wild and George Osborne reveals more …
    Political Times: Corbyn-mania runs Labour wild and George Osborne reveals more … Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Forget One Directioners or Taylor Swift-ites, this week Jeremy Corbyn-mania has taken hold of Westminster. A shock poll from YouGov put the socialist firebrand 17 points ahead in the Labour leadership race. The survey has set off a mini-earthquake under the top of the Labour, and even prompted former Prime Minister Tony Blair to urge the Islington North MP's supporters to get a "heart transplant". More »

  • Tony Blair warns UK's Labour: Left turn will lose voters
    Tony Blair warns UK's Labour: Left turn will lose voters Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Labour Party lost the election. Now it is losing its way, careening into a crisis that could rip apart a party that governed for long stretches of the 20th century. More »

  • Labour's Corbyn Says Blair Attack 'Silly'
    Labour's Corbyn Says Blair Attack 'Silly' Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tony Blair has cautioned Labour members against selecting left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn warning "people who say their heart is with Corbyn, get a transplant". Mr Blair warned the party not to repeat the mistakes of its 1980s politics and urged a fight against a lurch to the left and away from the party's modernising policies. "people who say their heart is with Corbyn, get a transplant". More »

  • Enter Blair as UK's Labour threatens leftward lurch
    Enter Blair as UK's Labour threatens leftward lurch Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tony Blair rarely gets involved with Britain's Labour these days but the risk his party could pick an old-fashioned left-winger as leader prompted him to do so Wednesday, as his legacy looms over the contest. More »

  • Blair warns UK's Labour not to lurch left in leadership race
    Blair warns UK's Labour not to lurch left in leadership race Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Former prime minister Tony Blair weighed in on the leadership contest in Britain's opposition Labour party Wednesday as a new poll electrified the race by putting leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn ahead. More »

  • Blair tells Labour: Forget about power if you tack left
    Blair tells Labour: Forget about power if you tack left Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Blair, the Labour Party's most successful election winner, told his party on Wednesday it could not win power in Britain by lurching to the left, urging it to embrace the centre-ground of politics instead. Labour tacked to the left under Ed Miliband, who quit in May after leading the party to its worst election defeat since 1987. "You win from the centre, you win when you appeal to a broad cross section of the public, you win when you support business as well as unions, you don’t win from a traditional leftist platform," former prime minister Blair said in a speech in London. More »

  • Crackdown On 'Rich' Council House Tenants
    Crackdown On 'Rich' Council House Tenants Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Big earners living in council houses or flats and paying cheap subsidised rents are to lose the perk in a Budget crackdown this week. Sky News understands George Osborne will announce that anyone earning over £40,000 in London or £30,000 outside the capital will lose benefits and have to pay the full market rent. The crackdown, which will save taxpayers £250m a year, is aimed at the likes of Frank Dobson, who still lives in a council flat near the British Museum, despite serving as a Cabinet Minister under Tony Blair and earning a six-figure salary. More »

  • 7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures some say went too far
    7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures some say went too far Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he said. "The rules of the game are changing." More »

  • Rwandan spy chief tells UK court he will fight extradition to Spain
    Rwandan spy chief tells UK court he will fight extradition to Spain Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Rwanda's intelligence chief Karenzi Karake told a London court on Thursday he did not consent to being extradited to Spain, where he is accused of engaging in reprisal killings after the east African country's 1994 genocide. British police arrested Karake, 54, at Heathrow airport on Saturday on a warrant issued in Spain and have since held him in custody. Asked whether he consented to extradition, Karake said from the dock: "I do not." Cherie Blair, the barrister wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, advised Karake's defence team as they successfully applied for bail ahead of a full extradition hearing in October. More »

  • Delay in Britain's Iraq war investigation angers PM Cameron
    Delay in Britain's Iraq war investigation angers PM Cameron Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he was "fast losing patience" with Britain's heavily delayed investigation into the country's role in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and called for the conclusions to urgently be published. The report, expected to shed light on how then prime minister Tony Blair decided to get involved in a war which many Britons opposed as well as how it was conducted, was announced in 2009 and was initially expected to take just a year. Nearly six years later, John Chilcot, the head of the inquiry, says he can't say when it will be completed because of its complexity and the need to obtain responses from people criticised in the report. More »

  • Ex-Defence Chief To Quit Gulf Keystone Board
    Ex-Defence Chief To Quit Gulf Keystone Board Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    A former chief of Britain's Defence Staff and adviser to Tony Blair during his premiership is to step down as a director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum, the latest in a string of boardroom changes at the company. Sky News has learnt that Lord Guthrie, who has sat on the Kurdistan-focused oil explorer for just under four years, has decided not to stand for re-election at next month's annual meeting. Lord Guthrie's departure from the board will come just weeks after Gulf Keystone attempted to draw a line under persistent rows with leading shareholders over its leadership by naming Jon Ferrier, a former Maersk Oil executive, as its new boss. More »

  • Tony Blair takes new role in fighting anti-Semitism Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's former prime minister, Tony Blair, is taking a new role in combatting anti-Semitism in Europe, days after stepping down as the international community's Mideast envoy. More »