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John Baron MP remembers Blair’s last ‘mission’

February 17, 2017
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MP says Commons has endorsed Brexit plans This morning the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, gave a speech in support of Britain remaining in the EU, saying he was on a ‘mission’ to persuade voters to change their minds on Brexit. John said, “As an MP who voted against the Iraq War, I well...
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John Baron MP: The Key Lessons from Iraq

July 15, 2016
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MP says truth must be spoken to power and foreign policy must be properly informed This week MPs held a two-day debate on the findings of the Iraq Inquiry chaired by Sir John Chilcot. John Baron MP said there were a number of key lessons from Iraq, including the need for the legislative to...
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John Baron MP presses Foreign Secretary to admit Iraq invasion was a mistake to ‘heal wounds’

July 7, 2016
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MP says refusal does not bode well for the future The Iraq Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, presented its report yesterday. Amongst its key findings was that peaceful options to disarm Iraq were not expended by March 2003, and that military action at that time was therefore precipitate. It also found that there...
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John Baron MP asks Prime Minister to admit war was a mistake

July 6, 2016
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MP expresses disappointment at Prime Minister’s response Today the Iraq Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, published its report. One of the principal findings is that the peaceful options for Iraq’s disarmament were not exhausted at the time of the invasion in March 2003, and therefore that military action was consequently not the measure...
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John Baron MP: Chilcot Report – did No 10 intentionally deceive?

July 4, 2016
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MP hopes Report will address WMD claims Ahead of the publication on Wednesday of the long-awaited report of the Iraq Enquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, John Baron MP hopes that it will address the issue of whether the Blair Government intentionally misled the country when making the case for war. John resigned from...
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John Baron MP presses Foreign Secretary on anti-Daesh strategy

December 16, 2015
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MP highlights unanswered questions Today the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, gave a statement regarding Government policy against Daesh. This is in line with the Government’s commitments during the debate over Syria on 2nd December, in which it committed to regularly updating Parliament as to progress against the terrorist organisation. John asked,...
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John Baron MP cautions against PM’s response to Paris attacks

November 16, 2015
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MP says grand strategy needed to defeat Daesh, not just air strikes Following the attacks in Paris on Friday, the Government is once again raising the issue of air strikes against Daesh targets in Syria. However, many Parliamentarians are cautious about the use of air strikes, believing instead that an overarching strategy is needed...
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John Baron MP: Syrian ‘Embed’ programme shows Government insensitivity to Parliament

August 3, 2015
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MP says the trust of Parliament is paramount Today the Secretary of State made a Statement in the House explaining how it had come about that British RAF personnel have been involved in military strikes against Daesh in Syria, despite Parliament making clear its view on multiple occasions that there should be no British...
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John Baron MP calls on Government to explain British military involvement in Syria

July 17, 2015
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MP says Parliament has made clear its views against military action This morning the media reported that British RAF personnel had been involved in military strikes against Daesh in Syria, despite Parliament making clear its view on multiple occasions that there should be no British involvement in military action in Syria. The RAF personnel...
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John Baron MP supports ‘Daesh’ campaign

July 3, 2015
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John Baron MP supports ‘Daesh’ campaign

MP says ‘Daesh’ preferable to IS, ISIS or ISIL John Baron MP has leant his support to the campaign to persuade the Government and the BBC to refer to the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (also known as IS, ISIL or ISIS) as ‘Daesh’. This would bring the BBC and Government...
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