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Blair apologises for errors in On The Runs scheme

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that the On The Runs (OTR) scheme could have been better run, but insists it was vital for the peace process to succeed.

He is giving evidence before a parliamentary investigation into the scheme:

Tony Blair to give evidence to IRA 'On the Runs' inquiry

Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Tony Blair is due to give evidence before a parliamentary investigation into the On The Runs (OTRs) scheme for fugitive IRA members later today.

The former prime minister's Labour administration sent about 200 letters to republicans assuring them they were not being pursued by the UK authorities following requests from Sinn Fein.

An investigation was launched by MPs when the prosecution of a man for the murder of four soldiers during an explosion in Hyde Park in 1982 was halted after he received one of the letters in error.

The OTR letters scheme began while Mr Blair was premier, and the chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has said he is one of the most important witnesses to the inquiry.

A spokesman for the committee said Mr Blair had confirmed he would be attending a sitting today.

Mr Blair was a key architect of the Good Friday Agreement, which led to IRA arms decommissioning and the establishment of a devolved power-sharing administration at Stormont.

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Blair says his left-wing warning to Miliband is not right

Tony Blair has denied saying Labour leader Ed Miliband is too left wing to win the next General Election.

The former Labour prime minister told a magazine his party was "traditionally" defeated at the ballot box when presenting "traditional" left-wing policies against "traditional" right-wing opposition.

But Mr Blair took to Twitter to say the comments mis-represented his faith in Mr Miliband's ability to win the 2015 election, as ITV News Political Correspondent Emily Morgan reports.

Tony Blair: Miliband remarks 'mis-interpreted'

Tony Blair says his comments about Ed Miliband's chances of winning a general election have been "mis-interpreted".

He had been seen as casting doubt on whether Labour can win the general election fighting on Ed Miliband's "traditional left-wing" platform.

The former prime minister's remarks, in which he acknowledged there was "obviously a difference" between his politics and those of the current leader, came as Mr Miliband appealed to voters ahead of May's poll by offering an economic recovery which "reaches your kitchen table".

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Tony Blair visits British Ebola effort in Sierra Leone

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has visited Sierra Leone to visit those leading the Ebola response in the country.

He praised the efforts of British troops helping to fight the virus.

US Military conducts airstrikes on extremists in Iraq

US forces have carried out four airstrikes on Islamic State extremist targets in Iraq, military officials have said.

The airstrikes - conducted by a mix of manned and drone aircraft - destroyed armoured vehicles and damaged a Humvee truck southwest of Kirkuk.

US Central Command say that they have now conducted 190 airstrikes across Iraq since the beginning of the operation against extremists in the country.

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