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Keighley MP asks for Iraq War debate
10:00am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
Keighley’s MP has called for a full parliamentary debate on the circumstances leading up to the Iraq war that began nearly a decade ago.
Kris Hopkins, who as a then Conservative councillor expressed his opposition to the invasion, was speaking at Business Questions in the Commons.
He said: “We’re approaching the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, a conflict that saw the loss of many British service personnel, more than half a million Iraqis killed and there are still unanswered questions about the legality of the war.”
Addressing leader of the house Andrew Lansley, Mr Hopkins asked: “Will you facilitate a debate on this important issue?”
Responding, Mr Lansley said he believed the anniversary was a time to commemorate and remember the loss of life.
He added that in the government’s view, the Chilcot Inquiry – set up in 2009 to examine the UK’s role in the Iraq war – would enable MPs to consider the lessons that needed to be learned.