On behalf of my party, I apologise for the Iraq war

I wanted to write directly to all Labour members and supporters after the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry report on Wednesday when I apologised, on behalf of our party, for the decision to go to war in Iraq.

I made this apology because politicians and political parties can only grow stronger by acknowledging when they get it wrong and facing up to their mistakes.

This apology was owed to the people of Iraq, the families of those UK soldiers who died in Iraq or returned home injured or incapacitated, and to the millions of British citizens who feel our democracy was undermined when the decision to go to war was made.

The Iraq war divided our party and it divided the country. We need to learn the lessons of Chilcot — and what has taken place since 2003 — for the future.

So I commit our party to uphold international law, to seek peaceful solutions to international disputes, to respect the role and authority of the United Nations and always to treat war as the last resort.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Corbyn MP
Leader of the Labour Party

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