The Soft Left Couldn’t Stand Up to Tony Blair’s War

How Labour failed to mobilize against the Iraq War.

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On March 17, 2003, Labour MP Robin Cook addressed the House of Commons to announce his resignation as leader of the House. With long-standing rebels Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell sitting behind him, Tony Blair’s former foreign secretary denounced the rush toward “military adventure” being pushed by Britain and the United States “without international agreement […]

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