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    A demonstrator wearing a mask to impersonate Tony Blair protests before the release of the John Chilcot report into the Iraq war, at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London, Britain July 6, 2016.

    UK Labour MPs’ Loyalty to Blair Divides Party After Chilcot Report

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    Chilcot Report on UK Role in 2003 Iraq Invasion (55)

    Loyalty of UK Labour party lawmakers to former Prime Minister Tony Blair rather than Jeremy Corbyn, party’s current leader, greatly divided the movement after the Chilcot Inquiry publication, and undermined its chances to win the next general elections, the UK Christian Peoples Alliance told Sputnik on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the 2.6-million-word report on the UK role in the 2003 Iraq War was released, seven years after it was announced. The long-awaited inquiry by Sir John Chilcot concluded that the United Kingdom under then-Prime Minister Tony Blair made a decision to invade Iraq before all peaceful options had been exhausted, whereas the entire policy on Iraq was based on flawed intelligence and assessments.

    "The Labour Party have already elected Jeremy Corbyn as leader as a reaction to Tony Blair… The problem is most of his Labour MPs have more allegiance to Tony Blair than they do to Jeremy Corbyn so we now have a hopelessly divided Labour Party," Sidney Cordle, the party leader, said.

    He added that this division would weaken the Labour party’s chances to win the next general elections, which are slated for 2020, but could be held earlier due to Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to step down after Brexit vote.

    "I can't see any way they can resolve this situation but the people of the UK will not elect a divided Party into Government. It is quite possible that the Labour Party could lose most of their seats and cease to be relevant," Cordle said.

    On June 23, 51.9 percent of UK nationals decided to support Brexit in a national referendum. Following the vote, Corbyn lost a vote of no confidence among parliamentary members of the party, which had been preceded by the mass resignation of his shadow cabinet in protest over Brexit, but have not resigned so far.

    Chilcot Report on UK Role in 2003 Iraq Invasion (55)


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