17 March 2005

Guardian

**Ahhhhh, someone with guts and a conscience

Anti-Blair jibe leads to Commons expulsion

Staff and agencies
Thursday March 17, 2005


Adam Price leaves the Commons after refusing to withdraw his remarks

Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price, who is leading the campaign to impeach Tony Blair, was today ordered out of the Commons chamber after refusing to withdraw comments that the prime minister had "misled" the house over the war in Iraq.

Mr Price said tomorrow was the second anniversary of the vote on going to war with Iraq and the "motion of impeachment [of Mr Blair] is before us".

"There is compelling evidence that the prime minister misled this house in taking us to war," he said. "Isn't it high time we held him to account?"

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Commons Speaker Michael Martin order Mr Price to leave the chamber after he refused his request to withdraw the remark.

Adam Price said afterwards: "Most people now believe that the prime minister deliberately deceived parliament and the people. He even deceived members of his own cabinet in taking us to war two years ago. But the rules of the game in Westminster mean we cannot say what most of us think. The prime minister misled us and MPs must be able to debate the issue.

"We will not let Tony Blair's lies and deceit be forgotten. 100,000 people have died in the course of this conflict. We must take a stand. I will not be gagged and parliament should not allow itself to be silenced."

As well as campaigning for Mr Blair to be impeached for his conduct in the Commons, Mr Price is working with the musician Brian Eno to find a "white suit" candidate to take on the prime minister in his Sedgefield constituency at the general election.

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