UK government learns its lessons from Iraq war say defence minister

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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DEFENCE secretary Michael Fallon says ministers need to ask whether they have made ‘significant changes’ since the Iraq war.

The former minister for Portsmouth made his comments at a Parliamentary debate on Sir John Chilcot’s report on Britain’s involvement in the 2003 conflict.

Mr Fallon told MPs: ‘We should take a long, hard look at our decision-making processes,’

He added Sir John’s report would help the UK learn ‘vital lessons’ from the Iraq war.