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Lord Owen raises serious concerns over the Cabinet Secretary being final arbiter on disclosure of documents by the Chilcot Inquiry

Cabinet boss must not decide on Iraq papers, says Owen: Former Foreign Secretary demands Sir Jeremy Heywood is stripped of responsibility because he worked closely with Tony Blair…

To read the Mail Online article (published 12 November, 2013) please click link below:

Mail Online article

To read The Times article (published 13 November, 2013) please click link below:

Times article

For the full text of Lord Owen’s letter to the Prime Minister please click on the image below

Lord David Owen Speaking at the ‘How The Light Gets In’ Festival, Hay On Wye

Ten years after the start of the Iraq war we are still waiting for the Iraq Inquiry report chaired by Sir John Chilcot. Almost beyond belief the Inquiry is being prevented from revealing extracts that they believe relevant from exchanges between President Bush and Prime Minister Blair. They are a specially appointed group of Privy Councillors made for the purpose by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. They were chosen after discussion with Peter Mandelson and Tony Blair.

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Lord Owen pays tribute to Baroness Thatcher

Article by Lord Owen, published in The Telegraph, 8 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher: they underrated her, and always paid the price

Mrs Thatcher was not regarded as much of a threat by the Labour Party when she became Conservative leader in 1975

Not many people in 1975 believed that Margaret Thatcher would be as serious a threat to Labour as she became. Barbara Castle, however, sensed immediately that she was a star: “She has lent herself with grace and charm to every piece of photographers’ gimmickry, but don’t we all when the prize is big enough?… She is in love; in love with power, success and with herself… If we have to have Tories, good luck to her…”

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Way With Words Speech: Coalition

Speech by Lord Owen at the `Way With Words’ Festival

Dartington, Sunday 10 July 2011

‘THE COALITION’

The present Coalition Government that emerged after a few days negotiation owed almost everything to the openness and generosity of the speech that David Cameron made on the Friday once he realised he had lost the General Election.  It was the surprising nature of his words that made it possible for Liberal Democrats to set aside merely supporting a Queen’s Speech of any party that had both a majority of the seats and a majority of the votes and instead actually become part of a Conservative-led coalition government. To read the full speech  please click here

Speech by Lord Owen: Learning From Opposition

Speech by Lord Owen: Learning From Oppostion. How Does Labour Avoid The Mistakes of  The Past

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“31:51:81” Progress Meeting with Political Historians, Monday, 16 May 2011

30 years on from the SDP

CentreForum debate to mark the 30th anniversary of the formation of the SDP, Monday, 22 March 2011

A Message from David Owen

I wish I could have been with you to hear and contribute to the debate but I am in Germany.

I genuinely believe that all of us who were in the SDP can in our individual ways justly claim to be its heirs.  No one political party, member of one of the existing parties, or those who never joined another political party after the demise of the SDP can claim exclusivity.  And the reason I believe is that we never really succeeded in achieving an uncontested definition of what the modern social democratic party was.  This was both a weakness and a strength during the political turbulence of the 1980s.

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