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Straw’s defence to be paid by taxpayer

Taxpayers will cover the legal costs of former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw should he face a court case over the rendition of terror suspects. Libyan military commander Abdelhakim Belhaj plans to sue Mr Straw over suspected British involvement in events leading to his torture by Muammar Gaddafi's regime. Separately, the Daily Mail reports that a contempt of court case against Peter Hain to court could cost the taxpayer £300,000.


Straw: reach out to middle

Jack Straw is expected to say Labour should reach out to the "the squeezed middle" classes in a speech to conference later today.


Straw and Davis secure prisons debate

Jack Straw and David Davis have succeeded in their bid to secure a Commons debate on plans to give thousands of prisoners the vote. The former Labour Home Secretary and Conservative Shadow Home Secretary convinced a new Commons committee to grant a vote. The pair will have their debate before the half-term recess in February, according to the BBC.


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Straw faces legal action over rendition

Jack Straw is facing legal action from a Libyan military commander who claims the former Foreign Secretary was complicit in his rendition. Abdel Hakim Belhadj is taking the action to discover whether reports that Mr Straw signed papers allowing him to be held on a UK-controlled territory are accurate.


Straw's troop advice

Jack Straw has confirmed that he told Tony Blair just days before the Iraq war that British troops could have been kept out of the invasion. Mr Straw told the Iraq Inquiry that a "perfectly straightforward alternative" to war was to keep troops nearby and help with any postwar effort just like the Spanish and Italian armed forces.

Mr Straw was the last person to give evidence in public to the Iraq Inquiry, and Sir John Chilcot said it would take "some months" to produce his final report on the Iraq war.

Mr Straw claimed he had had "no doubt" that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that he was far from alone in this conviction. According to Mr Straw, "no-one was saying he hadn't got this stuff" in the run-up to the 2003 invasion.

Mr Straw also insisted that "contrary to popular myth" the Cabinet had been full of people who "thought for themselves", rather than simply following Tony Blair's lead on military action.

The former Foreign Secretary added that containment was always the Government's strategy up to the time they went to war: "Containing and removing the problem of Saddam's failure to comply with UN obligations - containment remained the overall strategy of the Government right up to the time when we decided to take military action."

Mr Straw also described the idea of a nuclear attack on Iran as 'nuts' and expressed his unease at the 'Axis of Evil' trio outlined by George W Bush in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, saying bracketing Iran with Iraq and North Korea would undermine Tehran's efforts to reach out to the West.


Straw concern at abuse

Former Home Secretary Jack Straw has voiced concerns over Pakistani men preying on young white women. Speaking after two men were jailed for abusing a teenage girl in Derby, Mr Straw said there was a "specific problem" with men of Pakistani origin who "target vulnerable young white girls". Fellow Labour MP Keith Vaz hit back at Mr Straw's comments, however, saying it was "dangerous" to stereotype a community based on individuals' actions.