Veteran Tory MP says the House of Commons should impeach Blair

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06/23/2014
Matteo Angioli

Veteran Tory MP says the House of Commons should impeach Blair


On 18 June Sir Peter Tapsell, Father of the House, first elected in the House of Commons in 1959, said that power of impeachment available to backbenchers should be used against the former Prime Minister Tony Blair for allegedly misleading Parliament on the necessity to wage war in Iraq in 2003.

Speaking during Prime Minister's questions, the Louth and Horncastle conservative MP said: 

"Is the prime minister aware of the growing sentiment that as the publication of the Chilcot report is been so long delayed the ancient but still existing of backbenchers to commence the procedures of impeachment should now be activated to bring Mr Tony Blair to account for allegedly misleading the House on the necessity of the invasion of Iraq in 2003."

David Cameron avoided answering the part regarding Blair and said:

"I would say to my right hon. Friend and Father of the House that it is important that we see the results of the Iraq inquiry. It has had access to all of the papers, all of the officials and all of the Ministers. Frankly, if the Iraq inquiry had started when the Conservative party and indeed the Liberal Democrats suggested it, the report would have been published by now. But Opposition Members, including, incidentally, the Leader of the Opposition, voted against starting the Iraq inquiry on no fewer than four occasions."

The impeachment of Blair is unlikely although the power technically still exists. Impeachment proceedings were last brought in UK in 1806.

 

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