I and many people had waited seven years for the Chilcot Report to be published. It took a ridiculous amount of time. There has never been a satisfactory explanation as to why it took so long and if the Freedom of Information Act is to mean anything, answers should be secured. And then, of course, there was the cost, over £10 million!

I thought the purpose of this was to provide the facts to the relatives who had devastatingly lost loved ones in the Iraqi conflict. Furthermore, I thought the purpose was to find out the truth behind the process leading up to the disastrous decision which Parliament made to join the Americans in the exercise to remove Saddam Hussein from power. It could not be clearer that one person in particular is culpable and that is Tony Blair.

So why has there been a deafening silence from all parties, including dare I say certain sections of the media, about taking action to hold Tony Blair accountable for misleading Parliament and the country? There appears to be an establishment cover-up and that simply is not acceptable.

Tony Blair must be cock-a-hoop and laughing all the way to the bank and on a yacht somewhere. Following his Oscar winning performance at the press conference, he must have been absolutely delighted at all the distractions which followed. The EU referendum and consequent result, the Labour leadership contest, the Olympic Games and Parliament, of course, breaking up for the summer recess.

It would be to Parliament’s eternal shame if this pivotal moment in our country’s and the world’s fortunes is allowed to vanish into the ether. He still appears to be making a fortune as an advisor to various governments and organisations and he still seems to be holding a number of honours.

Come on everyone! Wake up and that includes the media and let us get some justice, now that we know who actually was responsible for the destabilisation of world order.

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David was first elected to Parliament to represent Basildon in 1983, and then stood for election in Southend West in 1997. He has been an active MP in Parliament, sponsoring bills including the Pet Animals Bill in 1990, the Abortion (Amendment) Bill in 1996-7 and the Warm Homes Bill, which passed in to law in December 2000. With 30 years’ experience in Parliament, David often chairs debates in the House of Commons as a Member of the Chairman’s Panel. He is also a member of the Backbench Business Committee, which determines, on behalf of backbench Members of Parliament, the business that will come before the House on days allocated by the Government. On top of this, David is also a long-standing Vice-Chair of the Industry and Parliament Trust. David is passionate about animal welfare and pro-life issues.


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