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Nick questions MP on Iraq War Cabinet minutes veto

February 25, 2009
Nick campaigning with Charles Kennedy MP in 2005

Nick campaigning with Charles Kennedy MP in 2005

Nick Perry, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye, has written to the local Labour MP to check whether he supports the Government’s veto on a Freedom of Information Act request for the minutes of Cabinet meetings which decided that the country would go to war in Iraq.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw used the Government’s veto on the Act to block the publication of the minutes. His announcement came yesterday, in response to a decision from the information tribunal, which last month ordered the publication of the minutes of two cabinet meetings, held on 13 and 17 March 2003.

Speaking on Wednesday morning, Mr Perry said,

“It is important that we find out our MP’s position on this issue. When I have questioned Michael about the Government’s stance on ID Cards, on 42 day detention and the DNA database, his response has always been that if people have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear.

“From this perspective, it is not acceptable that the public will not be given access to information about one of the most contraversial foreign policy decisions in the country’s recent history.

Nick added, “I have also written to my Conservative counterpart asking if she backs her own party’s decision to support the Government.”

Only the Liberal Democrats voted against the Government veto. Just as they were the only party in Parliament to vote against the Iraq War.

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