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Price vindicated on Iraq War



‘Not justified’: Responsibility lies with Blair

‘Not justified’: Responsibility lies with Blair

Price vindicated on Iraq War IN 2004, the then Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP, Adam Price, was ejected from the House of Commons for claiming that the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, had lied to Parliament when laying out the case for the invasion of Iraq.

The Plaid MP was leading the first attempt in over 150 years to attempt to have a serving Prime Minister prosecuted on the grounds of misleading Parliament, after mass protests the previous year had shown how divisive Labour’s war policy was. The publication of the longawaited Chilcot Report on Wednesday (Jul 6) appears to have vindicated much of what Adam Price and others thought at the time: that evidence was exaggerated; proper processes bypassed; and that facts were manipulated to fit a pre-determined agenda. Jonathan Edwards, Adam Price’s successor as MP, and Adam Price, recently elected to the Welsh Assembly, have both welcomed the report’s publication. Published after seven years in the making, the Chilcot Inquiry and its report were commissioned by Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, on June 15, 2009.

At its launch, the Chair of the Inquiry, Sir John Chilcot, outlined its scope: “[The Inquiry] will consider the period from the summer of 2001 to the end of July 2009, embracing the runup to the conflict in Iraq, including the way decisions were made and actions taken, to establish, as accurately as possible, what happened and to identify the lessons that can be learned.”

The taint of Britain’s involvement in Iraq affected not only the remaining years of Tony Blair’s period in office, but has overshadowed successive governments’ foreign policies over the years since. Carmarthenshire played a significant role in the anti-war movement in 2003 when hundreds of county residents travelled by coach to London to join over one million people in protest against the invasion of Iraq. The invasion, carried out without a mandate from the United Nations Security Council, led to the deaths of 179 British servicemen and women, alongside countless Iraqi deaths as a result of the invasion and the sectarian conflict that erupted in its immediate aftermath.

Adam Price, now Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Finance and Economy, said: “The report is utterly damning of the former Prime Minister and vindicates all the work we did at the time to try to bring him to justice. It is now unequivocal that what Mr Blair told Parliament did not reflect the evidence given to him by the security services.

“This is not just about MPs being misled – this is about a deliberate deception that led to up to a million people losing their lives, with a failed state and the Middle East in flames. Our thoughts particularly must also be with the families of those service men and women who lost their lives unnecessarily. “We cannot have an illegal war with such devastating consequences without a judicial or political reckoning. Mr Blair must be held to account.”

Echoing Adam Price’s words, Jonathan Edwards MP said: “Plaid Cymru has always maintained that Iraq War was illegal. We cannot and will not let those who led Britain into an illegal war that led to such devastation and suffering go unpunished.” However, Chilcot’s remit excluded considering the war’s legality and since crimes of aggression were not defined by the ICC statute at the time of invasion, it cannot apply retroactively.

One possible legal recourse would be an action for misconduct in public office – an offence which is committed when ‘a public officer acting as such wilfully neglects to perform his duty and/or wilfully misconducts himself to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder without reasonable excuse or justification’.

The threshold test for such ‘misconduct’ is, however, set at a level to prevent actions being brought against politicians and public officials by those with a grievance against them on political grounds. Furthermore, Chilcot does not say that Blair lied about Saddam Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction, although he does say that UN weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix should have been given the opportunity to continue inspections.

Instead, the strong inference to be drawn from the report is that Tony Blair managed to convince himself – and thereafter others – that what he was saying was true, or at least justified. One thing is certain: at four times the length of War and Peace, there will be more people that will have claimed to have read the Chilcot Report than actually will.

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a burglary at a property in Ponthenry.

People broke into a shed at a home in Victoria Road at around 8.30pm on Monday, 31 October, before leaving after spotting a CCTV camera.

They returned at around 10.15pm and again at around 10.55pm.

During their raids they tooka green Wolf motocross helmet with a full face with a peak and line green motocross goggles.

Officers are appealing for help to identify two people they would like to speak to over the incident.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0756/01/11/2022/02/C. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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Morrisons Foundation supports children’s charity with grant for vital equipment



The Morrisons Foundation supports registered charities that make a positive difference. They recently awarded national children’s disability charity, Cerebra, based in Carmarthen, a grant of £11,109.

This will fund the creation of writing slopes through the Cerebra Innovation Centre, which is partnered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and designs wonderful toys and equipment to help children living with a brain condition to learn and play.

The writing slopes are designed to help children who struggle with posture and fine motor skills. They also aid children with writing, drawing and hand control. Ross Head, Product Design Manager at the Cerebra Innovation Centre explains;

‘The slopes include a lovely wipe-clean surface for children to experiment with mark making, their own set of pens and a clever lid-free pen store to remove the challenge of removing lids for some children. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do and funding like this is so important to allow us to push boundaries and provide vital equipment that looks beautiful.’

At the start of 2022, the Cerebra Innovation Centre highlighted that they anticipated the need for an additional 20 writing slopes for children. Cerebra Fundraising Manager, James Hay then worked with the grants team at the Morrisons Foundation, who were delighted to support this project. David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said:

‘Cerebra is dedicated to helping families who have a child with a brain condition to discover a better life together, that’s why I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide this support. The specialised writing slopes will make a huge positive impact on children with sensory and mobility issues, providing a great opportunity to develop their skills, which will last a lifetime.’

Grants like this are a vital source of funding for Cerebra so that they are able to continue to support children living with a brain condition and their families who face challenges every day. The Cerebra Innovation Centre is one of the many support services provided by the charity that so many families have come to rely on. James Hay adds;

‘Thank you so much to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous grant! We are over the moon as we know how much this project will change young lives. These are particularly challenging times for charities and so this funding from Morrisons for the creation of 20 writing slopes is warmly welcomed.’

You can find out more about Cerebra and how they help children and families by visiting 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council



CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says it is again showing its support for the White Ribbon campaign, which takes place on Friday, November 25 and is followed by 16 Days of Action.

White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

While domestic abuse affects both sexes, the largest number of violent incidents involve men against women. But ultimately male violence against women is everyone’s issue, not just women’s.

The council was awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status for the first time in 2018 and is continuing to work to tackle such violence.

White Ribbon flags will be flying at County Hall in Carmarthen and town halls in Llanelli and Ammanford on White Ribbon Day (Friday, November 25). County Hall will also be lit up on the evening to show support.

The council is working alongside partners to raise awareness of the campaign across the county – from sports clubs, joint visits with the Police to licensed premises, our leisure centres and libraries to bus stations.

With this year’s White Ribbon Day falling on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, there has never been a better time to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

The council will be raising awareness of the campaign at special events including a Walking Football session at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on November 30 and at “An Evening with Sam Warburton” at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on White Ribbon Day (November 25).

Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “It’s vital that we raise more awareness about domestic abuse so that anyone affected can get help and support from one of our local services.”

Support locally can be found at: Threshold (Llanelli) on 01554 752 422 or; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit

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