Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commons Clashes Most Bitter and Personal Yet

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commons Clashes Most Bitter and Personal Yet

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Byline: JOE MURPHY

TONY BLAIR and Michael Howard clashed bitterly in electrifying exchanges in the Commons this afternoon.

The two leaders made their most personal and vituperative attacks on each other yet in the wake of the Butler verdicts.

The Prime Minister first made an impassioned statement defending his decision to go to war with Saddam Hussein, some of it heard in silence but with cheers growing louder from the Labour benches as he went on.

He said: "I can honestly say have never had to make a harder judgment. But in the end my judgment was that after September 11 we could no longer run the risk: That instead of waiting for terrorism and weapons of mass destruction to come together, we had to go out and get after it."

He said the time had come to make a stand against WMD and Iraq was the place to do it.

Mr Blair read out from Lord Butler's report passages concluding that Saddam was seeking to rebuild his arsenal, though he admitted that he had been wrong to claim stockpiles of illegal arms existed. …

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