Former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, who quit government over the Iraq war, has
collapsed on a Scottish mountainside.
Thereafter he was flown by coastguard helicopter to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness,
where he died on Saturday evening, police said.
However, the idea is already being mooted that he was, like Dr David Kelly,
‘taken out’ by covert assassination.
Robin Cook had quit as Commons leader in March 2003, in protest over the war
in Iraq. He had been one of the most outspoken and prominent critics of Blair's
stance on Iraq.
The Scottish MP, who lived in Edinburgh, was a keen walker and cyclist and
until now his health was said to have been in good health.
Mr Cook, who first became an MP for Edinburgh Central in 1974, was appointed
the shadow health secretary in 1989 and became the shadow trade and industry
secretary in 1992.
In 1994, he became the shadow foreign secretary, a position he held until the
Thereafter, he resigned the position in protest at Tony Blair stance on Iraq.
He had been an outspoken critic of the government's foreign policy from the
backbench and speculation is growing that he was seen as an impediment to further
moves in the “War on Terror”, in particular an expansion of the
war into Iran or Syria.