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Former top civil servant Gus O’Donnell explains why he’s voting Lib Dem in the European elections

It’s been really lovely to have all the celebrity endorsements we’ve had in recent days – Katy Brand, Emma Kennedy, Susan Penhaligon, Bamber Gascoigne, Greg Dyke and Simon Callow.

However, when people who know exactly how government works urge a Liberal Democrat vote, then it’s really getting serious.

For six years, Gus O’Donnell served as Cabinet Secretary, the highest ranked civil servant in the country, under three Prime Ministers, Blair, Brown and Cameron.

He now sits in the House of Lords.

In an unprecedented article for Times Red Box (£), he explains why he feels it is his “civil duty” to vote Liberal Democrat on Thursday:

I have made clear that since the executive and parliament have so far failed to find an acceptable form of Brexit, I reluctantly believe the only way to bring the country together is to give the people the chance to approve any final deal in a referendum. My view remains that leaving the EU is on balance bad for the country for economic reasons and because of its impact on our global influence.

So I would be supporting Remain in such a vote, which brings us to the European elections. I am extremely disappointed that while the Brexit party is an obvious choice for dedicated Leavers the Remain vote is potentially spread across many parties.

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Blair criticised by top civil servant for keeping Iraq legal advice from Cabinet

The Guardian reports:

The country’s most senior civil servant … said the cabinet should have been told of the attorney general’s doubts about the legality of invading Iraq before Tony Blair went to war.

“The ministerial code is very clear about the need, when the attorney general gives written advice, the full text of that advice should be attached “, Sir Gus O’Donnell told the Iraq inquiry.

The clear implication of his evidence is that Blair breached the code of conduct ministers have a duty to uphold.

You can read the full story here.

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  • User AvatarDavid Evans 22nd Sep - 1:03pm
    What Frankie says is pretty well spot on. The Cons always wanted a Conservative Brexit and Labour a Labour Brexit. May's Con Brexit wasn't supported...
  • User AvatarSandra Hammett 22nd Sep - 12:30pm
    Two people who agree with each other, trying to push the same cause does not make for a hard hitting interview.
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 22nd Sep - 12:11pm
    Jayne As you say yourself the last election (and indeed 2015) are no guide to what will happen this time, nor indeed polls. Yes, I...
  • User Avatarnigel hunter 22nd Sep - 12:06pm
    Does Eton and Oxford (plus others)have they got 'charitable status)? If so it should be withdrawn.
  • User Avatarnigel hunter 22nd Sep - 11:56am
    Camerons starts this mess off. Right wing monetarist Tories (and others) stage a coup helped by the right wing press. Corbyn ,in his own way...
  • User Avatarfrankie 22nd Sep - 11:13am
    Jayne, You might be right if Jeremey wasn't a committed Brexiteer ( sorry Lexiteer ) but he is. So you are faced with the devil...
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