This week the long shadow of Iraq has loomed over Westminster.

As Isis advanced on Baghdad Tony Blair emerged to say the west should act, and insist the crisis was not of his making.

Foreign secretary William Hague announced a thawing of relations with Iran while David Cameron warned that the violence may be imported into the UK.

Meanwhile, away from Iraq, and the prime minister's campaign to stop a Euro federalist becoming the new boss in Brussels appeared doomed.