08/12/2010

Blair Recalled Over Iraq Inquiry

Tony Blair has been recalled to give evidence in the Iraq Inquiry.

The former Prime Minister is one of a number of key figures to reappear before the Chilcot committee. Other witnesses include; former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, current Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell, and former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Bryce.

Earlier this year, Mr Blair defended his decision to go to war, saying that Saddam Hussein was a "monster", before stating that he had no regrets.

However, the inquiry have requested "more detail" in some areas.

Following the last hearing, Chairman Sir John Chilcot said there could be further hearings due to gaps in evidence.

The BBC confirmed that Mr Blair would appear at the inquiry after 18 January 2011 due to

needing "further evidence" on certain matters.

(BMcN/KMcA)

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