Hague blasts Muslim Tories over Iran nukes
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.