British Parliament To Be Recalled Over Iraq

By Mike Wendling | July 7, 2008 | 8:12 PM EDT

London ( - British legislators will be called back from their summer break to debate the situation in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday.

Blair said he would be taking the unusual step of a parliamentary recall after several politicians advocated a full debate on possible military strikes against Saddam Hussein's regime.

One legislator from Blair's Labor Party even looked into "renting" the House of Commons for a day to hold an unofficial debate.

The British Parliament has been recalled about 20 times since World War II, but was reconvened three times in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and once earlier this year after the death of the Queen Mother.

The recall will be held Sept. 24 and administration officials aren't ruling out the possibility that the debate could last more than one day.

The legislative recall will fuel speculation that a decision may be taken on military action against Iraq before the date legislators were originally due back, Oct. 15.

Earlier on Wednesday, Blair met with the leaders of the main opposition parties at his Downing Street offices.

Blair's administration is also expected to publish a much-anticipated dossier of evidence detailing Saddam's weapons programs before the emergency legislative session.

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