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Profile: Patricia Hewitt

Positions that Patricia Hewitt has held:

Patricia Hewitt was a participant or observer in the following events:

During a British cabinet meeting, Home Secretary David Blunkett initiates a discussion about Iraq. During the discussion, British Foreign Minister Robin Cook mentions that most of the Arab world considers Ariel Sharon, rather than Saddam Hussein, to be the largest threat to peace in the Middle East. Describing the subsequent reaction to his comments, Cook later writes in his diary: “Somewhat to my surprise this line provides a round of ‘hear, hearing’ from colleagues, which is the nearest I heard to mutiny in the cabinet.” (Cracknell 10/5/2003; MacAskill and Norton-Taylor 10/6/2003; Morris 10/6/2003; Cook 8/2/2004) During the meeting, Patricia Hewitt, the Trade and Industry Secretary, says “We are in danger of being seen as close to President Bush, but without any influence over President Bush.” (Morris 10/6/2003; Cook 8/2/2004)


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