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12th May 2003 Chris Mullin, Labour MP for Sunderland South, writes in his diary:

To London on the 10.42. Just after Doncaster, the Scarborough MP, Lawrie Quinn, passed by and said he had heard on the radio that Clare Short had resigned. [That afternoon in the Commons] Clare rose as soon as Jack Straw had finished his statement on Iraq. She was seated a couple of rows back from the Speaker, between Tom Clarke and Dennis Turner, who, after the twists and turns of the last few weeks, are about her only friends in this place. I was standing a…

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