Iraq – 10 years on


As we approach the 10 year anniversary of the war in Iraq there is inevitably a great deal of interest, once again, in the issue.

I was one of the 139 Labour MPs who opposed the war and voted against the government in the House of Commons on 18th March 2003. The issue had dominated much of the debate – both inside Parliament and across the country – for the months leading up to that vote. Indeed, I wrote to Tony Blair about six months before setting out concerns with the course he was on.

You can read a copy of that letter, along with some of the speeches I made in the House of Commons at that time, below:

With the benefit of hindsight it is interesting to look back, 10 years on, at some of the things that were being said…

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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