MPs speak out over Chilcot inquiry delay

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MPS have spoken out after it emerged the findings of the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war will not be published before the general election.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, held since 2009, has been looking into the reasons behind the UK’s involvement in the US-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein.

Sir John Chilcot, who is leading the inquiry, has now admitted he sees ‘no realistic prospect’ of the report going public before the May 7 election.

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock said he was ‘gobsmacked’ by the news.

‘I’m gobsmacked it’s taken this long,’ he said.

‘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.

‘People are right to keep the pressure up surrounding the report, the sooner it gets out the better.’

It comes after former prime minister Tony Blair insisted he was not responsible for the delay.