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Russian spy: Moscow bid for joint poisoning inquiry fails at OPCW
Russia’s proposal for a new, joint investigation into the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in England has been voted down at the international chemical weapons watchdog at The Hague.
Russia has accused Britain of blocking access to an investigation being carried out by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
The OPCW expects to receive the results of its independent laboratory tests within a week.
It does not have the power to attribute blame, but it could ask the Kremlin to grant its inspectors access to former Soviet Union production facilities to check all of their chemical weapons stockpiles have been destroyed.
Did the UK already have a sample of Novichok?
Analysis by the BBC’s David Shukman
The only way that scientists can be totally sure who made the Novichok agent is to compare it with another sample of the substance made in the same lab. That’s what happened when Sarin was used by Saddam Hussein in Iraq and more recently by President Assad in Syria.
Experts already knew which clues to look for, and that allowed them to lay the blame definitively. Novichok is much less well known. The traces of it gathered in Salisbury will have been put through detailed scientific screening and that would reveal the ingredients of the chemical and maybe also its basic structure.
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Ben Wallace (politician)
|The Right Honourable
|Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime|
17 July 2016
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||John Hayes|
|Parliamentary Under Secretary of StateNorthern Ireland Office|
12 May 2015 – 17 July 2016
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Andrew Murrison|
|Succeeded by||Kris Hopkins|
15 July 2014 – 12 May 2015
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Member of Parliament
for Wyre and Preston North
Lancaster and Wyre (2005–2010)
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Hilton Dawson|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
6 May 1999 – 31 March 2003
|Preceded by||New Office|
|Born||Robert Ben Lobban Wallace
15 May 1970
Farnborough, Kent, England
|Spouse(s)||Liza, née Cooke|
|Alma mater||Royal Military Academy Sandhurst|
|Awards||Mentioned in Despatches|
|Years of service||1990–1998|
Robert Ben Lobban Wallace PC (born 15 May 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre and Preston North since the 2010 general election, having been the MP for Lancaster and Wyre from 2005 to 2010.
Early life and career
Wallace attended Millfield School. He studied politics under Clive Thomas, who also taught Julian Smith MP and Margot James MP. After school Wallace qualified as a ski instructor and taught in the village of Alpbach in Austria. During that period his parents moved to Pennsylvania in the United States where they lived for 7 years.
Military and business career
Aged 19, Wallace attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before being commissioned as a platoon commander into the Scots Guards. During his eight-year army career he served in Germany, Windsor, Cyprus, Central America and Northern Ireland. In 1992 he was mentioned in despatches. His last post was as Company Commander of F Company Scots Guards.
SKRIPAL UPDATE: who runs Britain – Parliament, or the Hidden Persuaders?
In this post, I wish to express strongly my view that – as regards the Skripal poisoning allegations by Her Majesty’s Government – it is time to stop playing politics, and way past the hour at which All Good Legislators and True should accept that the crisis we face is a constitutional one. If it wants to assert it’s sovereignty over a mad Cabinet and a rogue Intelligence Community, then it is now or never for Parliament.
The last 36 hours have demonstrated that a senior member of the UK Cabinet has been forced into a corner where his word as a Minister of the Crown is now seriously in doubt. The only people who can act as a catalyst to further investigation are other MPs…..regardless of Party or opinion.
As predicted by the indefatigable online writer Craig Murray, yesterday the top pointy-head at Porton Down issued an…
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