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Rift inside Labour

Issue No. 1818

MORE KEY figures in New Labour have come out against war. Roy Hattersley, former Labour deputy leader, admitted on Monday of this week that he had turned from an 'unlikely hawk' into a 'Gulf war dove' in the last six weeks.

'The more the president and the prime minister base their argument on the undoubted villainy of Saddam, the more we are entitled to believe that they cannot demonstrate, even to their own satisfaction, that he is likely to attack Israel or the West,' said Hattersley.

Chris Smith, a former New Labour cabinet minister, now says, 'The Labour Party overwhelmingly is extremely anxious about what is happening here. 'People don't think we should be going gung-ho into a military conflict.'

Gerald Kaufman, the former shadow foreign secretary, said that even with a UN mandate there was a risk of war provoking a widespread conflict in the Middle East. Blair also faces opposition at the forthcoming Labour national executive committee next Tuesday.

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Sat 21 Sep 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1818
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