The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Report must recognise Blair was honest over Iraq: envoy

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The Chilcot report will be “discredite­d” if it fails to recognise that Tony Blair “genuinely” believed going to war in Iraq was the right thing to do when the decision was made, his former special envoy has claimed.

The long-awaited report into the Iraq War is due to be published on July 6.

Ann Clwyd, MP for Cynon Valley who served as Mr Blair’s special envoy on human rights in Iraq from 2003, said during Prime Minister’s Questions: “In 2003 the current prime minister and most of today’s Cabinet joined Tony Blair and his Cabinet of the time in voting for war in Iraq.

“Will not the judgment of Chilcot be discredite­d if the report fails to recognise that the then prime minister honestly and genuinely believed that his actions, given the informatio­n available, were the right thing to do at the time?”

David Cameron replied: “We should wait for the Chilcot report. We should wait for what it has to say.”

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