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  • = Key Development Thursday 27th March
  • 13:49 Jack Straw: Benn memorial service was honest and powerful On air

    On Air | Jack Straw MP | Former Justice Secretary | BBC News Video Jack Straw MP

    Jack Straw described Tony Benn's memorial service as "honest" and "powerful". "I've been to many funerals and memorial services here in St Margaret's. I've never been to an occasion like this. Tony Benn had this absolutely extraordinary ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 26th March
  • 13:22 Cameron updates MPs on Ukraine response House of Commons

    Cameron updates MPs on Ukraine response House of Commons

    David Cameron has insisted the UK and the rest of the European Union has a long-term strategy to deal with Russia’s expansion in Ukraine. Updating the Commons after G7 talks in the Netherlands, the Prime Minister said that EU states wer... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st March
  • 09:35 House of Commons Business Commons Business

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    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Welsh questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Statement on European Council 1.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Illegal Importation of Dogs (Fixed Penalty) Bill (Jim Fitzpatrick, Lab, Poplar and ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 3rd March
  • 13:35 Jack Straw: Ukraine rhetoric must not get out of hand On air

    On Air | Jack Straw MP | Former Justice Secretary | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Jack Straw MP

    Jack Straw said Western politicians had to make sure rhetoric about Ukraine didn't get out of hand. "[We must] ensure that the rhetoric doesn’t get out of hand and exceed what is sensible and possible in terms of putting pressure on Russ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 4th February
  • 07:00 Lord Carlile: Iran and the Straw Agenda News

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    In some parts of the Iranian expatriate community former UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw MP is referred to as Ayatollah Straw. He is criticised for what they regard as whitewashing the crimes of the Iranian regime Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 1st February
  • 07:00 Guardian: Jack Straw: 'I would have done a better job than Gordon Brown' News

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    Veteran politician Jack Straw has announced his retirement after 40 years in parliament. He reflects on Labour's record, immigration and Edward Snowden, in what can only be described as a rather irritable and unhappy encounter Continue to article

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  • 12:56 May confirms Syrian refugees programme House of Commons

    May confirms Syrian refugees programme House of Commons

    Theresa May has confirmed the Government will accept some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees into the UK. In a statement to the House of Commons, the Home Secretary said the relocation programme would produce a “genuine benefit to s... Continue to article

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    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Treasury questions (topicals at 12.15pm) 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Sex Establishments (Regulation) Bill (Diana Johnson, Lab, Kingston upon Hull North) Main business Consumer Rights Bill: Second rea... Continue to article

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Stories involving Jack Straw

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.


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