20 July 2003

Blair should resign
says MP Glenda

REBEL MP Glenda Jackson has swung behind Hampstead Labour members to call for the resignation of Tony Blair.

The Hampstead and Highgate MP says the Prime Minister led Britain to war under false pretences and wants him to step down before the end of the year if troops fail to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Her call comes five months after members of the Frognal and Fitzjohn�s branch of the Hampstead constituency Labour Party demanded �the resignation of the Government and the election of a new Labour Government that respects international law, Labour Conference and the UN Charter.�

At the time, Ms Jackson stopped short of calling for Mr Blair�s resignation.

But this week, she told the Ham&High: �[Tony Blair] took us to war on the arguments that these weapons existed and could launch in 45 minutes.

�He didn�t give the United Nations weapons inspectors much time to find them but there are now between 1,300 and 1,400 people in Iraq looking for the weapons.�

Ms Jackson added: �My colleague (Claire Short) said that he should have until the end of the year, but I don�t think he needs that long. If they are there, they will be found before that.�

I'm old enough to remember Elizabeth R. I have to ask if Blair will pull a finger from his mouth and snap: 'Not yet, Master Secretary!'

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