Jason Beattie, Jack Blanchard
Furious MPs have demanded that Sir John Chilcot gives a date for the publication of his long-awaited report into the 2003 Iraq War.
Their calls came amid claims the findings of the £10 million inquiry were being held up and “sexed down” to allow key witnesses to dodge criticism.
Inquiry chief Sir John has written to David Cameron to say there was “no realistic prospect” the report would be out before May’s general election — more than twelve years after the 2003 invasion and six years since the probe started.
The news yesterday of yet more delays provoked outrage from the families of soldiers who died in the conflict and MPs from across the political spectrum.
Lib Dem Norman Baker, a former Home Office minister, said: “I think Sir John Chilcot should give a clear timetable. He should set a deadline for replies and give a clear publication date.”
Labour’s John McDonnell raged: “I think it is an absolute scandal. As far as I’m concerned they are covering up the truth again.
“They want to choose their own timetable, so when the information comes out it has the least possible effect. At the very least he should now set a deadline for publication. It is the least people deserve.”