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Blair fails to back defence secretary
    #1901682 - 09/10/03 12:03 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

The prime minister today failed to back his under-fire defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, after leaks of a parliamentary committee report appeared to accuse him of misleading an inquiry into the case for invading Iraq.

The Evening Standard claims to have a leak of the intelligence and security committee (ISC) report due out tomorrow, which it says will find that Mr Hoon withheld evidence from their investigation when it delivers its report tomorrow.

The Standard alleges that during a private hearing in front of the committee last July, Mr Hoon flatly denied there were concerns among defence intelligence staff about claims made in the government's dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The Hutton inquiry has since heard from two officials about their anxieties over the dossier.


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Re: Blair fails to back defence secretary [Re: Xlea321]
    #1901707 - 09/10/03 12:13 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)


At Prime Minister's questions, Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith accused senior Downing Street officials of spinning their version of the ISC report ahead of its full publication on Thursday.

And he called on Mr Blair to stop leaving Mr Hoon "twisting in the wind".

Mr Duncan Smith told MPs: "You can get rid of Alastair Campbell and even the Defence Secretary but the lying and the spinning won't stop until you get rid of this Prime Minister."

Mr Blair said he believed it was "completely untrue" that anyone in Downing Street had put an account of the ISC report into the newspapers.

He paid tribute to Mr Hoon, saying that under him British armed forces had won a "magnificent victory" in Iraq.

Sounds quite supportive to me......

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Re: Blair fails to back defence secretary [Re: st0nedphucker]
    #1902043 - 09/10/03 01:53 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Not really, he avoided the subject entirely. If he wanted to support him he would have discredited the findings.

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