John Lloyd, editor of the FT Magazine, Clive Soley, retired Labour MP, and Dr. Denis MacShane, MP for Rotherham and former Minister for Europe, spoke for the motion.
Robert Fisk Best selling author and journalist, based in Beirut as Middle East Correspondent of The Independent, Lance Price Lance Price worked at 10 Downing Street from 1998 to 2000 where he was a deputy to Alastair Campbell, and Peter Oborne, political editor of The Spectator and a regular commentator on politics for television and radio, spoke against the motion.
The debate, held on October 11, 2005, was chaired by Jonathan Freedland, a columnist for the Guardian who has written extensively on international relations and the dilemmas of intervention.
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