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Chilcot to face MPs after Iraq war report delays

Sir John Chilcot is facing questions from MPs amid criticism of delays to his report into the Iraq war.

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Blair insists he has not caused delay of Chilcot report

Tony Blair has denied suggestions that he has caused the delay in the publication of the Chilcot report.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Credit: Reuters

A spokesperson for Mr Blair said the former prime minister "regrets" the delay and wanted the inquiry to be allowed to proceed with its work.

We have repeatedly said that it is not true to say that Tony Blair has caused the delay in the report’s publication.

Sir John’s letter makes reference to notes and records concerning Mr Blair, which some may interpret as an implicit suggestion that Mr Blair caused the delay, this is not true.

On the contrary, he regrets this delay in its publication.

Incorrect allegations and politically motivated speculation do nothing to shine a light on the issues involved.

It is an independent inquiry and it should be allowed to proceed with its work.

– Spokesperson for Tony Blair

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