Hague blasts Mus­lim Tories over Iran nukes

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY BERNARD JOSEPHS

SHADOW FOR­EIGN Sec­re­tary William Hague has dis­tanced his party from Tory Mus­lims who ar­gue that Iran has a le­git­i­mate rea­son for seek­ing nu­clear weapons.

An­swer­ing a ques­tion from Labour back­bencher De­nis MacShane dur­ing Mon­day’s House of Com­mons de­bate on for­eign af­fairs, Mr Hague made clear his dis­quiet at the Con­ser­va­tive Mus­lim Fo­rum’s state­ment that “faced with a nu­clear-armed Is­rael, Iran ap­pears to have a le­git­i­mate rea­son for seek­ing nu­clear weapons for de­fen­sive pur­poses”.

Mr MacShane — who chaired the Par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into an­tisemitism — asked Mr Hague if he agreed with the fo­rum’s po­si­tion. “No, I do not agree with that,” he re­sponded. “Any­one who has lis­tened to any­thing that I have ever said could not pos­si­bly think I agreed with that in any way. Iran is in breach of the non-pro­lif­er­a­tion treaty and of all the agree­ments and com­mit­ments that it has ever en­tered into.”

Mr Hague hoped that a new UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion would in­clude a ban on fresh arms sales to Iran, more ef­fec­tive steps against those in­volved in its nu­clear pro­gramme and ac­tion against the Ira­nian Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard.

On the same day, Prime Min­is­ter Gor­don Brown told the Lord Mayor’s ban­quet in Guild­hall that Bri­tain would take the lead in seek­ing tougher poli­cies by the UN and the Euro­pean Union to ex­ert pres­sure on Iran to curb its nu­clear pro­gramme.

David Cameron has pledged that a Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment would sup­port spe­cial-needs schools and vol­un­tary wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Mr Cameron, the fa­ther of a fiveyear-old dis­abled child, was speak­ing at Nor­wood’s an­nual fundrais­ing din­ner this week, which raised £3 mil­lion.

He said he was de­ter­mined to stop the clo­sure of spe­cial-needs schools and the pol­icy of putting spe­cial-needs chil­dren into main­stream in­sti­tu­tions. More than 1,000 peo­ple at­tended the din­ner.

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