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Blair Defeats Call for probe/ But for How long?

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  • Carol
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2006
      Blair defeats call for probe
      Investigation to be carried out later
      MPs go on attack against British PM
      Nov. 1, 2006. 01:00 AM

      LONDON¬óBritish MPs narrowly rejected a proposal for an immediate inquiry into the role of Prime Minister Tony Blair's government in the Iraq conflict yesterday, after their first major debate on the military action since Saddam Hussein's ouster in 2003.
      British Defence Secretary Des Browne, however, told BBC television later that an investigation would be carried out "when the time is right."
      Members of Parliament voted 298 to 273 against the motion put forward by Welsh and Scottish nationalists, who'd demanded a swift examination of the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. A dozen members of Blair's Labour Party voted for the inquiry, in a further blow to his authority, already challenged by poor municipal election results, rifts within the party and a parliamentary defeat on anti-terror legislation.
      The proposal called for British MPs to hold an examination of policy in Iraq similar to the U.S. review being led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker.
      "If it can happen in the U.S., why not here?" said Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Michael Moore. "We cannot allow the policy thinking and policy making to be carried out across the Atlantic and not here."
      Attacks on Blair's handling of the invasion were vociferous. "On the political tombstone of this prime minister will be one word ¬ó Iraq," said MP Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats.
      Associated Press


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