Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Man of Straw withdraws claim that cost lives and jobs
Jack Straw has told MPs the claim Saddam Hussein could use weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes has been officially withdrawn.
The claim was at the heart of an unprecedented row between the BBC and the government which led to the death of David Kelly and the Hutton inquiry.
It also led to the persecution of the BBC, the resignation of its Director General Greg Dyke, Chairman Gavyn Davies, news director Richard Sambrook and jounalist Andrew Gilligan who broke the story.