||Dear Sir George,
1. I seek your views over the continuing failure of our elected representitives to articulate the undoubted majority view that war on Iraq has yet to be adequately justified.
2. Will the Conservative leadership demand a substantive vote in favour of war in the House before launching into combat?
3. Where does the Conservative Party stand in the event of no second UN resolution?
|Date Issue Raised:
||10 Feb 2003
||My views on Iraq are set out on my website, which I try to update in the light of events.
The PM, the Foreign Secretary and the Leader of the House have all said there will be a substantive motion, but they have not guaranteed it will be before action. While prior approval would be preferable, I accept that there may be good reasons why it may not be practicable to seek the prior consent of the House before engaging in military action.
Again, on the absence of a second resolution, I believe it would depend on the circumstances. If one country unreasonably withheld its consent, I believe that could undermine the credibility of the UN if no action was then taken.