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  Blair wins parliament support for war
Updated 19 March 2003, 07.14
Tony Blair won an important vote in the Commons
Prime Minister Tony Blair has won a very important vote in the Commons, backing his decision to send UK troops into war with Iraq.

But that was after more than a hundred of his own Labour Party MPs used an earlier vote to show the prime minister they weren't happy.

They were supporting a vote saying they didn't agree with the government's plan to use force to disarm Iraq.

Protesters were in voice outside Parliament
Protesters were in voice outside Parliament
The government won a later vote supporting the plan for military action by 263 votes.

It's unusual when MPs from a party vote against their leadership in Parliament, and in this case it is because they don't think Mr Blair is doing the right thing.

They don't want a war without support from the United Nations, which was ruled out on Monday.

Time is running out for the Iraqi president Saddam Hussein after US President George Bush gave him deadline to leave Iraq.

Loads of MPs wanted to hear the debate
Loads of MPs wanted to hear the debate
He has until 1am Thursday morning to leave the country, or troops will begin action to take away his weapons of mass destruction by force.

Earlier on Tuesday three people quit the government in protest against a war. They are:

  • Former Foreign Secretary and leader of the Commons, Robin Cook
  • Home Office minister John Denham
  • Health Minister Lord Hunt

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