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British MPs launch new bid to interrogate Tony Blair over Iraq War

Sunday, November 27, 2016 3:15
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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (AFP file photo)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (AFP file photo)

A group of British lawmakers launch a fresh effort to interrogate Tony Blair for misleading the parliament and the public over the Iraq War, reflecting widespread frustration that a seven-year inquiry did not result in any accountability for the former prime minister.

MPs from six parties will propose a motion Monday calling for a parliamentary committee to investigate the discrepancies between what Blair said publicly to the Chilcot Inquiry and privately about the war in Iraq especially to the US government, The Guardian reported Saturday.

The Chilcot Inquiry, established in 2009 to investigate Britain’s most controversial military engagement since the end of the Second World War, published its 6,000-page report in July.

The long-awaited report offered a scathing critique of the military intervention, slamming Blair for being too eager to support then US President George W. Bush.

The new move against Blair is being backed by Alex Salmond, MP and former first minister of Scotland, Westminster leader of Plaid Cymru Hywel Williams, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas as well as a number of senior Tory and Labour MPs.

Citing documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, The Guardian reported last week that the Chilcot Inquiry was designed by senior British civil servants to “avoid blame” and reduce the risk that individuals and the government could face legal action.

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