MPs hit out at delays concerning Iraq probe

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MPS have spoken out after it emerged the findings of the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War will not be published before the general election.

The inquiry has been looking into the reasons behind the UK’s involvement in the US-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein.

Now, inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot has revealed he sees ‘no realistic prospect’ of the report going public before the May 7 election.

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock said: ‘I’m gobsmacked it’s taken this long. I give my full support towards the argument that the report should be published as soon as possible.

‘The public have waited long enough and they deserve to know what’s going on.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said: ‘This is a concern and issue to a great number of people and it’s one that’s long overdue.’