UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Straw's breach of ministerial code must be considered by Cabinet Secretary says Davey

Press Release   •   Feb 09, 2010 10:17 GMT

“He has tried to hoodwink the Cabinet, Parliament and the British people in his cover-up," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Commenting on today’s appearance by Jack Straw at the Iraq Inquiry, Edward Davey said:

“Jack Straw has failed yet again to explain or apologise for his actions as Foreign Secretary in the run-up to the Iraq War.

“He showed no contrition for misleading Parliament over the nature of the legal advice. Nor did he show any regret for conspiring to prevent the Cabinet from seeing that advice, in contravention of the Ministerial Code.

“He has tried to hoodwink the Cabinet, Parliament and the British people in his cover-up.

“How can any judge or lawyer, let alone the British people, have confidence in the minister in charge of our legal system when he has apparently shown such reckless disregard for such sensitive matters?

“It is time for Jack Straw to consider his position as Secretary of State for Justice. He has breached the Ministerial Code and his case must now be considered by the Cabinet Secretary.”