Thousands back petition to hold Tony Blair to account over Iraq War
A petition calling for former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to be held to account for taking Britain to war against Iraq has achieved more than 10,000 signatures.
The UK Government is now duty bound to respond to the demand that Mr Blair should answer for misleading statements he made to parliament in the run up to the Iraq invasion.
A total of 179 British military personnel were killed in the six years following the illegal invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and almost half a million Iraqi civilians died as a result of war-related causes.
Backed by a cross-party group of MPs the petition states: “The Chilcot Report has presented a range of evidence that demonstrates that Parliament and the country were misled by Tony Blair in the run up to the war in Iraq. Parliament should now agree a process by which it can hold the former Prime Minister to account.”
Scottish MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, who supported the petition and is among a number of cross-party politicians calling for a parliamentary vote on a motion of contempt relating to Mr Blair’s conduct, has called on more people to join the campaign.
“This is a significant milestone for this parliamentary petition. Now it has received ten thousand signatories the UK Government is required to make a formal response on the issue,” said Ms Ahmed-Sheikh
“The next step is to press for one hundred thousand supporters, which would lead to a parliamentary debate on the topic.
“If we are to retain the public’s confidence in Parliament, we must hold Tony Blair to account for the misleading statements he made in the run up to the war in Iraq.”
The petition can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/159996.