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Publication Of Chilcot Report Delayed Over Criticisms Of Blair Government

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The long-awaited Chilcot report on the 2003 invasion of Iraq is being held up by rows over criticisms of leading figures in the Blair government and will almost certainly not be published until after the general election, the Guardian has learned.

That scenario emerged on Tuesday after former Conservative foreign secretary Lord Hurd described the way the inquiry had dragged on went beyond questions of mere negligence and forgiveable delay. “It is becoming a scandal”, he told peers. He added: “This is not something of trivial importance. It is something of which a large number of people in this country look anxiously for truth.”

Tony Blair has denied that he is to blame for the delays in the publication of the Chilcot report. However, along with Jack Straw, then foreign secretary, MI6, and government law officers, the former Labour prime minister almost certainly faces criticism in draft passages of the report he has been shown. Under the so-called “Maxwellisation” process, they are entitled to respond to any proposed criticism of their conduct.

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Dykes described the continuing delay on Tuesday as an “utter and total disgrace”. He added: “More and more people think it is some kind of attempt to prolong the agony for Mr Blair facing possible war crimes charges.”

Well we can't have the proles knowing the truth can we.

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