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Sunday 21 December 2014

Gordon Brown to give Iraq evidence next year

Gordon Brown will face the Iraq Inquiry after the next general election
Gordon Brown will face the Iraq Inquiry after the next general election

Gordon Brown has been called to give evidence to the Iraq Inquiry but will not appear until after next year's General Election, it was announced yesterday.

Sir John Chilcot's committee will also wait until after the election to question Foreign Secretary David Miliband and International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander.

The move comes after Sir John, a retired Whitehall mandarin, insisted that his inquiry would “remain firmly outside party politics”.

The committee also revealed that Alastair Campbell has been summoned to appear early in the new year.

Tony Blair's former chief spin doctor will give evidence in January or early February before the inquiry takes a break until after the election. The Prime Minister is required to call an election by June at the latest.

Lord Goldsmith, the former Attorney General whose advice on the legality of the 2003 invasion has been at the centre of controversy, will also give evidence in January or February.

The committee believes that only after the General Election can these ministers give their evidence fully without the hearings being used as a platform for political advantage.

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