26 Jan 2010

A warm reception for Wilmshurst

She was the first witness to be applauded at the Iraq Inquiry.

The live feed cut out, so viewers will never see it, but inside the room the packed public gallery clapped Elizabeth Wilmshurst, former Deputy Legal Officer at the FCO, the only person to quit her job over a war she considered illegal, as she finished her evidence.

It was a short session in which she packed in mockery of Jack Straw’s legal knowledge, the “lamentable” process around the Attorney General’s legal opinion and condemned the war as illegal. She is now besieged by press photographers in a pub, as can be seen here:

Press photographers waiting outside a pub for Wilmshurst

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