6 August 2012 - One of the sternest critics of the Iraq War has backed demands for the release of Cabinet minutes from the run-up to the conflict.
Former International Development Secretary Clare Short said releasing the secret papers would show ‘there was no meaningful discussion at all’ about the decision to invade.
Last week Attorney General Dominic Grieve caused outrage when he vetoed the release of the minutes from two Cabinet meetings in 2003.
Opponents of the war say they must be released to show what was said by Labour ministers – and what they were told – before the conflict.
Mr Grieve said releasing them was not in the public interest and would undermine the frankness of ministerial discussions in future.
But Miss Short, a Labour MP for 20 years until she resigned the whip in 2006, insisted that releasing the minutes would help shine a light on the process which led the country to war. read more>>>