Rose Gentle receiving Gordon's medal
Many of you will recognise the name of Rose Gentle. Her son Gordon was killed, by a roadside bomb, in Iraq in 2004 and she has fought long and hard against the legality of the war and is determined to bring Tony Blair to justice.
She made repeated requests to meet Tony Blair to discuss the war yet he refused. She even made a video letter to Cherie Blair with no result.
Mrs Gentle was part of the pre-Chilcott Inquiry when she, along with our families, were asked to list questions they needed to be answered.
Rose blames Tony Blair for the death of her son. She consistently says he was the person who led our military into an illegal war. She requested to be present when Tony Blair was giving his evidence. We all know now Tony Blair is to give his evidence next week. Mr Blair has done everything in his power to silence Mrs Gentle over the years.
On her Facebook page, a couple of hours ago, Rose wrote this. (I've no idea who sent her the email/letter as yet but I'm assuming it's from someone in Lord Chilcott's office).
'I thought I should let you know as soon as possible that you were not successful in either the families draw or subsequently in the main public draw for the spaces in the hearing room for Tony Blair's hearing on 29 January 2010. We have, however, arranged for you to have access to a dedicated additional viewing room reserved for families for the duration of Mr Blair's hearing.'
The families' names were entered into a draw - can you believe it? 'The draw' has decided even now that Mrs Gentle won't even see Tony Blair in the flesh but only from another room. Can you comprehend such an insult.
Mrs Gentle should have the opportunity to see the back of Tony Blair's head and not through a screen in another room. Is there a politician out there who will question this decision and ensure at least Mrs Gentle receives her day in the presence of Tony Blair? She deserves nothing less.