Friday, August 06, 2004


When it came to the votes on Iraq, Jeff tended to follow the government line, voting with the government on divisions 97, 117 and 118 and only voting against the government on 96.

Subsequently Jeff expressed concerns at how developments in Iraq had worked out:

The resolution I voted for in March tied the invasion of Iraq with the road map for peace in the Middle East, which has come off the rails since then. I am feeling very pessimistic.

Jeff was a signatory to the Early Day Motion that read:

That this House does not believe that British forces should be required to participate in a war against Iraq unless all of the following conditions are met (a) that there is clear evidence that Iraq poses an imminent threat to peace, (b) that there is a substantive motion of this House authorising military action, (c) that there is an express resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations authorising the use of military force against Iraq and (d) that all other policy options have been exhausted.

However, whilst criticising the Americans for the mess they have made in Iraq, Jeff has yet to state whether he now feels he was wrong to support the government.


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