Call to release files related to wars under Tony Blair

Call to release the ‘burn after readingfiles related to wars under Tony Blair after former minister claimed he was told to destroy memo warning about Iraq invasion

  • Military mothers have called on Boris Johnson to release secret documents relating to Tony Blair’s wars
  • Calls come after Geoff Hoon’s memoir revealed he was ordered to burn a memo
  • Rose Gentle is leading the bid to unlock state secrets about Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Bereaved military mothers have urged 鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson) to release all secret documents relating to 托尼·布莱尔’s wars.

    Their call comes after the Mail told how Sir Tony’s own 国防部长, Geoff Hoon, revealed in his memoir that he was ordered to burn a memo warning that invading Iraq could be illegal.

    Rose Gentle, whose 19-year-old son Gordon was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Iraq in 2004, is leading a legal bid to unlock state secrets about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    She is now being backed by five more mums – Carol Valentine, Hazel Hunt, Caroline Whitaker, Caroline Jane Munday-Baker and Helen Perry – who have already written to 皇后, urging her to strip Sir Tony of his knighthood for sending troops to war ‘on a bed of lies’.

    Bereaved military mothers have urged Boris Johnson to release all secret documents relating to Tony Blair’s wars

    Bereaved military mothers have urged Boris Johnson to release all secret documents relating to Tony Blair’s wars

    Mrs Gentle said: ‘I have fought so hard to get at the truth all these years, but I have been blocked at every corner. Blair belongs in the dock for what he has done and now his own defence secretary has confirmed it. It’s time for Boris Johnson to step up and unlock the secrets of these terrible wars and atone for the hundreds and hundreds of unnecessary deaths and suffering. The truth needs to come out now and the only thing that should be locked up is Blair.’

    In his memoir See How They Run, Mr Hoon says his principal private secretary was told by Jonathan Powell, then Sir Tony’s chief of staff, to ‘burn’ advice from attorney general Lord Goldsmith about the Iraq war.

    Mr Hoon ensured the document was locked away instead. But Mrs Valentine, whose son Simon, 29, was killed clearing landmines in Helmand Province in 2009, 说过: ‘Geoff Hoon needs to apologise for perpetuating Blair’s lies. It’s funny how he thinks it’s appropriate to come clean now as he has a book out.’

    Mr Powell this week denied Mr Hoon’s claims – but a source close to the former minister insisted his account was correct. Sir Tony dismissed the burning story as ‘nonsense’ when it emerged in 2015.

    One mother said Boris Johnson should 'step up and unlock the secrets of these terrible wars'

    One mother said Boris Johnson should ‘step up and unlock the secrets of these terrible wars

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