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Tam Dalyell MP, Father of the House
Tam Dalyell MP, Father of the House
BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST INTERVIEW: TAM DALYELL MP, FATHER OF THE HOUSE SEPTEMBER 8th, 2002

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DAVID FROST: One of the leading ones [critics of the Prime Minister's policy] of course is the Father of the House, Tam Dalyell - he's on the line. Have you heard anything this morning, Tam, that's made you change your mind?

TAM DALYELL: Not at all. You see the Prime Minister talks about 'trust him' on Afghanistan and Kosovo. We may have bombed the hell out of Afghanistan but has anybody apprehended Osama Bin Laden? It now becomes clearer and clearer that even the Taliban were very unhappy about al Qaeda and we should have used intelligence and bribery. Now anybody who has been to Kosovo or Belgrade can't imagine that that's a success. So if he asks for confidence on that basis, it's nonsense.

DAVID FROST: And what about a debate - an emergency debate - in the House of Commons? Do you, would you still like that before the Labour Party conference?

TAM DALYELL: Yes. It should be as soon as possible because the elected representatives of the people - it's not just simply amour propre, it's very important that American opinion should know the diversity of opinion in the British Parliament. And when we talk about standing shoulder to shoulder with the United States, just look at the voices of dissent in the United States itself - and Alistair Cook told us this morning that when it comes to polls, only 39 per cent of Americans would go ahead if there wasn't international support for them.

DAVID FROST: Tam, thank you very much, we're right at the end of the programme.

INTERVIEW ENDS

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