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Snub to families of dead soldiers

Issue No. 1953

Government lawyers have responded to a case brought against them by Military Families Against the War with the astonishing claim that the decision to go to war had no bearing on the deaths of British soldiers.

They said “the decision to take military action in Iraq was in no sense the immediate and direct operative cause of the deaths of the claimants’ relatives”.

Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon died in Iraq, described the reply as “an insult to those who gave their lives for their country”.

“Tom Keys and Marc Lawrence wouldn’t have been within a million miles of Iraq had Mr Blair not sent them there,” said Ann Lawrence, whose son Marc was killed when two helicopters collided at sea.

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Sat 28 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1953
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