Responding to the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq invasion, issued today (Wednesday 6 July) after seven years of deliberations, Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, the biggest union in UK and Ireland said: “Chilcot confirms what millions of us knew in 2003 – the case for war had not been made. It was an unnecessary conflict, launched on the basis of flawed intelligence, secret diplomacy and with no sound legal basis.
“It has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and made both the Middle East and the wider world less secure.
“Today our thoughts must be with those who lost loved ones, and with the people now living in the wretched insecurity that followed this war, but it is long past time that those responsible were held to account.”
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.