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Michael Meacher said fellow Labour MP Jack Straw had encouraged him to raise a point of order at PMQs after the Prime Minister had implied he was using crystal meth and crack cocaine. "I was astonished. I’ve been in Parliament for over 4... Continue to article
Len McCluskey said he would not be “cowed” by recent criticism of Unite and his leadership. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our members who are in struggle and we’ll always do that and we certainly won’t be cowed by the media attacks... Continue to article
Jack Straw said there were "major problems" with the country's police service. "There is a problem inside the police service. The police service has improved dramatically over the last 20 or 30 years... levels of accountability in the p... Continue to article
Lord Falconer says Jack Straw's decision to stand down as an MP at the next general election was 'a great loss for Labour'. Continue to article
Jack Straw is to stand down as Labour MP for Blackburn at the next general election, he announces. Continue to article
Jack Straw said the Police Federation had displayed a “poverty of leadership” after three officers were accused of conspiring against former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell. “[Officers had] the idea that if they embroidered the truth – ... Continue to article
Jack Straw argued that the conduct of three members of the Police Federation in relation to the 'Plebgate' affair called into question their fitness to carry out their duties as police officers. “It seems to me that on any analysis, ther... Continue to article
Karl Turner said he was in favour of giving prisoners who are serving six-month sentences the vote. "From a personal perspective, and I’m on record saying this, I’m not speaking as a Labour frontbencher, I think there comes a time when y... Continue to article
Jack Straw accused the Guardian of "extraordinary naïveté and arrogance". "I'm not suggesting for a moment anybody in the Guardian gratuitously wants to risk anybody's life, but what I do think is that their sense of power of having thes... Continue to article
Labour's policy agenda in 2015 is on track to be both "honest and radical" according to the party's policy chief Jon Cruddas, who has also defended Tony Blair's 'sofa government'. Policy review co-ordinator Mr Cruddas was speaking at a L... Continue to article
Jack Straw said Iranian president Hassan Rouhani was someone the West could “do business” with. “He’s a man with whom the international community can do business and I say that because I was part of a three-man delegation with the French... Continue to article
Jack Straw said the delays in the 'plebgate' investigation were in danger of "bringing the police into some level of disrepute". "This has been going on now for exactly a year, this happened exactly a year ago. The consequences of what w... Continue to article
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.
Jack Straw is expected to say Labour should reach out to the "the squeezed middle" classes in a speech to conference later today.
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.
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.
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.
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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