William Brett blogs on the Labour leadership hustings debate question on foreign policy after Iraq.
Asked how Labour's foreign policy should move on from Iraq, the candidates were split.
Andy Burnham acknowledged but gave the most robust defence of the venture, claiming it had transformed the chances of thousands of Iraqis.
Ed Balls asserted that we should "say sorry and move on", which was met with an audible gasp, although he brought the audience back on his side arguing that Britain should have strong relationships but be prepared to criticise friends, saying that applied to Israel as well as America.
Diane Abbott and Ed Miliband spoke out against the war, while David Miliband said there was no disagrement - that had it be known there were no WMD, there would have been no vote on the war - and tried to also bring the focus on to areas of foreign policy success.
Both Ed Miliband and Diane Abbott, shared a common theme: that values should drive foreign policy, and not the other way round.
America's role in the war was brought up by most of the candidates, with Diane Abbott defending herself from charges of anti-Americanism, saying:
"It is not anti-American to disagree with the policy of one, single American president. Of course there is Realpolitik, of course we have to look out for our self-interest, but we must still insist on an ethical foreign policy."
This was echoed by David Miliband, who added: "The worst thing to happen to Tony Blair was George Bush."
The questioner, James Densiloe, was given a chance to respond to the candidates' answers: "Well, it's a very difficult issue I suppose. Events tend to overtake politicians, so I wish you all the very best of luck."