Peter Tapsell

At PMQs the so-called ‘Father of the House’ Peter Tapsell asked Cameron whether …

“… as the publication of the Chilcott Report has been so long delayed the ancient but still existing power of backbenchers to commence the procedures of impeachment should now be activated to bring Mr Tony Blair to account for allegedly misleading the House on the necessity of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.”

Tapsell is one to talk about misleading people. His website states unequivocally:

“He voted against the invasion of Iraq”

While Tapsell did support a rebel amendment on 26 February 2003 stating that the case for war was “not proven” he seemed to have changed his mind by 18 Marchskipping another ‘case not established’ vote at 9:15pm before supporting the 10:00pm motion authorising the government to “use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction”.

Oh, dear.

  1. Just noticed this. Faced with what has turned out to be a very questionable prospectus, many MPs voted in favour of the Iraq war. Peter Tapsell is a man with a very good understanding of the Middle East, as his speech in the only debate on the War that took place in the House of Commons demonstrated. The results of the appalling misjudgement that was the invasion are only just beginning to emerge. The destabilisation of the Sunni-Shia balance that Tapsell believed so important is advancing and he predicted this mess. Your rather petty point ignores his wisdom and shame on you.

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