Media reports say a long-awaited report on Iraq war is set to blame more senior officials than expected for their role in the conflict. The Head of Iraq War Inquiry Sir John Chilcot is “to apportion blame for Britain’s role in Iraq war more widely than has been expected, going well beyond Tony Blair and his inner team.” One source involved with the inquiry said Blair will be blamed as the main culprit but when the report is published a wide range of officials would also be blamed.
When former PM Tony Blair first appeared before the Iraq inquiry five years ago to give evidence, the chairman Sir John Chilcot treated him with an almost painful deference: The cosy friendship between Iraq inquiry chief and Tony Blair who had him knighted after a private meeting in London club. Sir John Chilcot met Tony Blair in 1997 when he was leader of Opposition and had clandestine encounter five months before Blair had even become prime minister. The ideal man for a Blair whitewash.
Iraq inquiry: Lord Morris says PM could 'pull plug' on Chilcot report
The Prime Minister could step in and "pull the plug" on the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war, Tony Blair's former attorney general has said. Lord Morris of Aberavon said the inquiry committee was a "disgrace" for delaying its report, and parliament could vote to force it to publish. Chairman Sir John Chilcot has previously written to the PM to say he cannot set a timetable for publication. The independent inquiry was set up in 2009 and was meant to report in 2011.
White House in Chilcot 'cover-up': America bans crucial files that could reveal secret of why Blair invaded Iraq. Cache of 80 files detailing discussions between Tony Blair and George W Bush in run up to the 2003 war have been found by the US Government. It has been classified on the grounds of 'national security' and suppressed. Move has infuriated relatives of British servicemen killed in the conflict. Chilcot Inquiry source refused to say if Sir John had studied documents.
Corbyn says Iraq war illegal - and Blair could face war crimes trial
Tony Blair could be made to stand trial for war crimes, according to the current Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn. The veteran left winger said the former prime minister was reaching the point when he was going to have to deal with the consequences of his actions with the coming Chilcot inquiry report. “I think it was an illegal war,” he said in an interview with BBC2's Newsnight adding that former UN secretary general had confirmed that.
Labour risks 'annihilation' if Jeremy Corbyn is leader - Tony Blair
The Labour Party risks "annihilation" if Jeremy Corbyn wins the party's leadership contest, former prime minister Tony Blair has warned. In an impassioned letter printed in the Guardian, Mr Blair said the party was walking "over the cliff's edge". His comments come as Yvette Cooper is set to criticise Mr Corbyn, saying his policies are not "credible".
Tony Blair has made a fresh attempt to steer Labour Party members away from voting for Jeremy Corbyn as their next leader – even though he himself admits that the left-winger’s supporters are not listening to warnings. In an article for the Observer newspaper, he rails against what he calls Mr Corbyn’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ politics and reveals his clear frustration that so many members seem to have ignored the advice and experience of three party leaders by choosing to support him.
Longtime Iraq War Opponent Jeremy Corbyn Has War Criminal Tony Blair ‘Running Scared’: When it comes to standing trial for his war crimes, Blair shouldn’t expect any party nepotism from a new anti-war party leader like Jeremy Corbyn MP. No surprise then, that Blair should come out slandering Corbyn this week, in a crass attempt damage his political profile. Another one of Blair’s war co-conspirators, shameless spin doctor Alastair Campbell also leapt out of his closet to try and defame…
Jeremy Corbyn’s politics are fantasy – just like Alice in Wonderland