Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Hutton report, Labour apologies
Labour Mps apologise in "Cheriegate 2" fiasco
Chris Bryant and James Purnell the two Labour MPs behind the private Labour fundraising event have apologised for the auctioning of the Hutton report signed by Cherie Blair and Alistair Campbell, they say they regret causing any offence.
During Prime Minister's Questions Conservative MP Robert Goodwill was told by Tony Blair "I don't think any offence was intended."
Also, Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston and a member of the Committee which quizzed Dr David Kelly, has just called on the Labour Party to give the 400 pounds from auctioning the copy of the Hutton Report signed by Cherie Blair to charity. She was speaking on Radio 5 Live.
The Prime Minister's response falls way too short, he should issue a public apology to the Kelly family, on behalf of his wife, and on behalf of the Labour Party. As Party Leader he should also insist that an equivalent amount to that raised at the event should be donated by Labour to an appropriate charity, such as the Samaritans. Those who were partly responsible for the public exposure of Dr. Kelly (and his subsequent suicide) should be able to draw a line under this affair in an honourable manner.
We also need to get down to the bottom of who paid for the copy of the Hutton report offered for auction, and who the winning bidder was and what they intended to do with it. It is to be hoped that the copy of the report was bought from HMSO at the standard 70 pound rate.
Alice Thompson's article in The Daily Telegraph
I have expressed my feelings on the matter to the Prime Minister, and suggest that anyone else who feels this matter was in such poor taste and displayed terrible judgement by his wife and former press aide should email him - here.
There is also an online petition available to sign - here.
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