LibLink: Joan Ruddock isn’t telling the whole truth

Here on The Voice, Mark Pack previously wrote about how Labour MP Joan Ruddock is claiming to have been more opposed to the Iraq war than she actually was. Now one of the Lib Dem local council candidates, Max Calo, has returned to the story on Comment is Free:

Questions have to be asked about what has moved Joan Ruddock to write a letter to voters trumpeting her record on the Iraq war. In a personally addressed letter to electors, she wrote:

“I have always acted with integrity and stuck to my principles – voting against the government going to war in Iraq.”

The facts state otherwise. She was absent on the vote for the use of force in Iraq, just as she was absent on most parliamentary votes on the issue. Her claims do not match what she really should have done. Admittedly, she voted in favour of defeated attempts to amend two important motions, but when Parliament was ultimately asked to authorise the use of force she expressed no view, when 85 Labour MPs had the courage to oppose the government.

You can read Max Calo’s full article here.

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  • David Boothroyd 24th Apr '10 - 5:02pm

    This is more Lib Dem lies about Iraq. The fact is that the key vote on Iraq was the Kilfoyle amendment. Anyone voting for the Kilfoyle amendment voted against war in Iraq. Once that amendment was defeated it was clear that the main question was going to be agreed to.

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