Man overboard

Conservative whip John Randall has quit his post because of his concerns over a possible Iraq war.
With the Tory leadership backing Tony Blair's stance on the Iraq crisis, Mr Randall's resignation shows divisions are not exclusively confined to the Labour benches.

His move comes after International Development Secretary Clare Short launched a searing attack on Mr Blair's "reckless" Iraq policy.

One Labour ministerial aide, Andy Reed, has already resigned over his concerns and others have signalled they will follow if war begins without new United Nations backing.

Uxbridge MP Mr Randall said: "I wanted the freedom of the back benches to be able to express my views about Iraq.

"I do not think at this stage military action is justified.

"I was, in fact, against war in Kosovo when people like Clare Short were all for bombing the hell out of it."

Has anyone seen any comments by IDS since his tour of the troops?

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