Jack Straw admits he could have stopped the Iraq war

Decision to back war 'most difficult of my life'
'Deep regret' for deaths in and after conflict

Hint at rift with Blair on 'regime change'

WMD in 45 minutes claim has 'haunted' Labour
Shock reference to weapons expert David Kelly

Jack Straw today expressed his 'deep regret' over the Iraq war as he admitted he could have stopped Britain taking part in the conflict.


The minister, who was Foreign Secretary when the invasion was launched in March 2003, became the first Cabinet minister to apologise for the loss of life in the country.

Making the decision to back military action was 'the most difficult I have ever faced in my life', he told the Iraq inquiry, and hinted he considered quitting his Cabinet post.

The minister repeatedly declared that overthrowing Saddam Hussein would have been illegal, hinting at a rift with Tony Blair over reasons for the war.

And he said the inclusion of the infamous 'WMDs in 45 minutes claim' in the 2002 intelligence dossier was 'an error' that had 'haunted' Labour ever since.

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