Former Cabinet Minister Robin Cook "quit as Commons leader in March 2003, in protest over the war in Iraq," saying "I cannot support a war without international agreement or domestic support." Cook died August 6, 2005, while visiting in Scotland. 
"Robin Cook's finest moment in the Commons is generally believed to have come with his devastating analysis of the Scott report on the arms-to-Iraq scandal," Mark Davies reported March 17, 2003. "Just two hours after being handed a copy of the 2,000-page document, the then shadow foreign secretary pulled apart the Tory government's handling of the affair with what was regarded as a bravura performance."
- ex-Foreign Secretary of the UK
- ex-leader of the House of Commons
- president the party of European Socialists
- president of the Foreign Policy Centre
- a vice-president of the America APPG
- a vice-convenor of the Global Security and Non-Proliferation APPG