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East Yorks MP to table motion of contempt over Blair's decision to invade Iraq

An East Yorkshire MP has said he intends to make a motion of contempt in the commons about former Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

East Yorkshire MP David Davis Credit: Press Association

David Davis says Mr Blair mislead the Houses of commons on five different occasions over Weapons of Mass Destruction, the UN and threat levels. Should the motion be accepted, it could be debated before Parliament breaks for the summer.

Read: Former Deputy PM John Prescott reveals guilt over 'illegal' Iraq War


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Blair: I can look public in eye and say I did not mislead them

Tony Blair has said he can look the public and families of the soldiers who died in Iraq in the eye and say: "I did not mislead this country".

The former prime minister said: "I made the decision in good faith on the information I had at the time. And I believe that it is better that we took that decision.

"I acknowledge all the problems that came with that decision. I acknowledge the mistakes and accept responsibility for them.

"But what I cannot do, and will not do, is say I believe we took the wrong decision.

"I believe I made the right decision, and that the world is better and safer as a result of it.

"Sometimes when people talk about me in this regard, almost as if I don't care about the loss of life and the grief and suffering of the families.

"But I had to decide, are more people going to suffer? Are more people going to die if we leave this brutal dictator in place who had already killed so many people? So, that's the decision, I'm afraid."

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Saddam 'posed a threat as long as he was in power'

Saddam Hussein "would have posed a threat as long as he was in power", Tony Blair said.

The former prime minister said if Hussein had not been toppled he would have contributed to the Arab revolution in 2011.

"The world is a better place without Saddam. I believe it was the right thing to do."

Blair added that it would have been hard to assemble forces at a later date, and that Saddam Hussein would have had a stronger position. He continued that in this stronger position the Iraqi dictator would have gone on to develop nuclear and chemical weapons.

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Blair: I had to act on information I was given at the time

Tony Blair has said he had to act on information he was given in reports at the time even if some of it turned out to later be wrong.

He told a press conference: "I only ask that people read the reports given to me, first in September 2001 and then in March 2002, and in the days leading up to the invasion.

"In hindsight, we now know that some of this information was not correct, but I had to act on the information I had at the time."


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Tony Blair: I had to consider possibility of 9/11 in UK

Tony Blair has said that "there was no rush to war", but he had to take into account at least "the possibility of a 9/11 here, in Britain".

He said as prime minister his primary response was to protect his country, and asked people to put themselves in his shoes.

Her added he had made it clear publicly and privately that the UK would stand with the US on the issue of the Iraq War.

But he insists his note to George Bush saying: "I will be with you, whatever" meant he would "be with the USA in dealing with this issue".

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Tony Blair: I'm more sorry than you will ever know

Tony Blair has said he is sorry for the mistakes in the planning of the Iraq War, following the publication of the Chilcot report.

The former prime minister said he accepted full responsibility "without exception or excuse".

He added: "The intelligence at the time turned out to be wrong, the aftermath turned out to be more hostile and bloody than we imagined, and a nation of people we wanted to set free became victims of sectarian terrorism.

"I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know."

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