Report: Blair told Libya was larger WMD threat than Iraq

Tony Blair and George Bush in Northern Ireland in April 2003. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive

Tony Blair accepted that Libya posed a far greater threat through weapons of mass destruction (WMD) than Iraq a year before the 2003 invasion, The Independent on Sunday has reported.

The newspaper says evidence given to the Chilcot Inquiry by British intelligence will amount to "severe criticism" of the former prime minister when the inquiry's report is published later this year.

It said intelligence officers claim Mr Blair accepted intelligence that Iraq had no nuclear weapons and that any actual WMD would fit on the "back of a petrol lorry".

They said he became a "changed man" on the issue after visiting former US president George Bush in April 2002.

A spokesperson for Mr Blair told the newspaper: "The view that Saddam Hussein had a WMD programme was held not just by the intelligence services in the UK and US but in countries which opposed military action."