Easter Adjournment

Part of Deferred Division No. 85 – in the House of Commons at 2:32 pm on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West 2:32 pm, 29th March 2007

My hon. Friend makes a good case. There are a number of lady members of the Lions, but we might look into that. I will refer the issue to my hon. Friend Mr. Francois, who has been installed as the president of the organisation. [Interruption.] Madam Deputy Speaker also appears to be keen on the idea.

The parliamentary period between Christmas and now has been overshadowed—it is a very long shadow—by the terrible mistake we made by engaging in a war with Iraq. Every Wednesday, the Prime Minister has to give sympathy to the relatives of loved ones. I voted for the war, which I will always regret, and I feel increasingly strongly that those lives have been lost in vain in one respect.

However, I and a small group of others have consistently spoken up about the threat from Iran, and we now find ourselves in an impossible situation in respect of that country. The last thing anyone in our country wants is to be involved in a war with Iran, but we are in a terrible situation. I say gently that the British Government's policy of appeasement has got us into a bit of a mess; sadly, the Government's current opinion of the President of Iran is not the same as it was a few years ago. It is a disgrace that the POMI—the People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran—is still a proscribed organisation, despite what has been decided in Europe. I hope that the Deputy Leader of the House reflects on that matter and responds on it.