Tuesday, 12 July 2016 07:56

SNP: Those implicated by Chilcot should hand back honours

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IRAQ SCANDAL SHOWS ABSURDITY OF “JOBS FOR THE BOYS” HOUSE OF LORDS

SNP MSP James Dornan has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for those implicated by the findings of the Chilcot report to hand back their honours, after the damning report exposed a “devastating establishment failure”.

Among those criticised by the report was Lord Goldsmith, the former Attorney General, who was made a Life Peer in 1999. Lord Goldsmith was criticised for his role in providing legal advice, with the legal process described as “far from satisfactory”.

Also criticised within the report were Sir John Scarlett, chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee who was responsible for producing the infamous “45 minute” dossier, and Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6.

Commenting, James Dornan MSP said:

“Iraq was a foreign policy catastrophe which destabilised the region, put our soldiers at risk and led to the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis. The Chilcot Report is utterly damning – and those responsible for the deeply misguided invasion of Iraq should be held responsible.

“It is ludicrous that those who’ve so spectacularly failed the UK can continue to parade as Sirs and Lords. If they won't do the decent thing they should be stripped of their honours.

“We’ve always known that the House of Lords was a jobs for the boys scheme but this just highlights how absurd it is. We should take back control from these unelected Peers and scrap the House of Lords.”

NOTES:

Text of Motion

That the Parliament notes the damning findings of the Chilcot Report, which found a myriad of failings in the case for the invasion of Iraq; further notes that some of those implicated by Chilcot, such as former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, have benefited from peerages or honours; believes that any individual found by Chilcot to have failed the public in their duties should hand back their honours; and calls for the abolition of the discredited and undemocratic House of Lords.

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