P324 Teletext 320 Jun19 23:40:50   IRAN AND  MR AITKEN ——————————————————————————————————————— Labour has lost its call for an independent inquiry into arms-to-Iran and BMARC, a firm once boasting Chief Secretary to the Treasury Jonathan Aitken as a non-executive director. WHAT DOES MR AITKEN SAY? He thinks he is the victim of a witch-hunt, saying he will "wield the simple sword of truthb. The Government defeated Labour's call by 24 votes in the Commons, but it is an issue which refuses to go away. ——————————————————————————————————1/8—— Labour loses Iran arms inquiry vote 308 'FATHER FOR YOUR REGION p105 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 320 Jun19 23:41:19   IRAN AND  MR AITKEN ——————————————————————————————————————— Labour has failed in its push for an independent inquiry into arms-to-Iran and BMARC, a firm linked to Treasury boss Jonathan Aitken. WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? Mr Aitken denie knowing guns were allegedly shipp d to Iran via Singapore, contrary to UN and UK arms embargoes. The guns are said to have been exported by Granthal.based British Manufacture and Research Company while Mr Aitken was a non-executive director. ——————————————————————————————————2/8—— Labour loses Iran arms inquiry vote 308 WEATHER FOR YOUR REGION p105 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 320 Jun19 23:41:10   IRAN AND  MR AITKEN ——————————————————————————————————————— Labour has missed out in its call for an independent inquiry into the arms-to-Iran affair. ANYTHING TO DO WITH ARMS-FOR-IRAQ? Both focus on sanction-busting by British companies during the Iran-Iraq war. BMARC was owned by Astra Holdings, one of the parties to the Scott inquiry into arms for Iraq. But Lord Justice Scott will not get involved in this one — Customs and Excise will be left to investigate. ——————————————————————————————————3/8—— Labour loses Iran arms inquiry vote 308 WEATHER FOR YOUR REGION p105 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Jun19 23:40:13   IRAN AND  MR AITKEN ——————————————————————————————————————— A Labour call for an independent probe into arms-to-Iran has been defeated. GHAT'S BEEN SAID IN THE COMMONS? Treasury boss Jonathan Aitken, once a non-executive director of the firm involved, is said to be enraged by a statement by "squeaky clean" Trade President Michael Heseltine. Mr Heseltine said arms may have ended up in Iran, blaming bad communication at Whitehall in a speech which may have enhanced his leadership prospects. ——————————————————————————————————4/8—— Labour loses Iran arms inquiry vote 308 DATHER FOR YOUR REGION p105 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 324 Jun19 23:40:12   IRAN AND  MR AITKEN ——————————————————————————————————————— Labour has lost its call for an independent probe into the firm BMARC — linked to the Treasury's Jonathan Aitken — and arms which allegedly ended up in Iran, breaking an arms embargo. HOW DID MR AITKEN GET INVOLVED? He assisted with export licences for Astra, a fireworks maker which turned itself into an arms manufacturer, based at Sandwich, Kent. When Astra took over BMARC in 1988, Mr Aitken was invited on to the board. ——————————————————————————————————5/8—— Labour loses Iran arms inquiry vote 308 DATHER FOR YOUR REGION p105 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 320 Jun19 23:40:10   IRAN AND  MR AITKEN ——————————————————————————————————————— Treasury boss Jonathan Aitken could face strong pressure to resign over the arms-to-Iran affair. GHY? As the subject of several allegations of impropriety in recent months, he is at risk of being viewed as accident-prone by Cabinet colleagues Last year he denied claims that Arab arms dealer Said Mohallfd Ayas paid part of a hotel bill in Paris, but it emerged Mr Ayas' nephew paid some of it due to an "error" by the hotel. ——————————————————————————————————6/8—— Labour loses Iran arms inquiry vote 308 WEATHER FOR YOUR REGION p105 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 320 Jun19 23:53:10   IRAN AND  MR AITKEN ——————————————————————————————————————— Treasury boss Jonathan Aitken is still under pressure over his involvement in a company which was allegedly shipping arms to Iran. HAS MR AITKEN EVER GONE TO COURT? Yes. He is suing The Guardian and ITV's World in Action after claims he failed to declare business dealings with Saudi friends and once tried to procure girls for a sheik and his entourage. He has promised to "cut out the cancer of bent and twisted journalism". ——————————————————————————————————7/8—— Labour loses Iran arms inquiry vote 308 WEATHER FOR YOUR REGION p105 Politics Poll Letters Headlines
P324 Teletext 320 Jun19 23:40:30   IRAN AND  MR AITKEN ——————————————————————————————————————— Chief Secretary to the Treasury Jonathan Aitken is still under pressure over his links with a firm said to have sent naval guns to Iran. MR AITKEN'S FUTURE? Some say he could lose his Cabinet post after languishing for 18 years on the Conservative backbenches. But he is nothing if not cool under fire and is said to retain Mr Major's confidence, but many MPs believe one more "scandal" would finish his career. ——————————————————————————————————8/8—— Labour loses Iran arms inquiry vote 308 WEATHER FOR YOUR REGION p105 Politics Poll Letters Headlines