Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blair Faces Tough Quiz on His WMD Claims

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blair Faces Tough Quiz on His WMD Claims

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Prime Minister Tony Blair is to be quizzed by senior MPs over intelligence he gave to Parliament which claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, as an ex-Cabinet colleague urged him to admit the information was "wildly wrong".

It emerged last night that the premier will be pressed on the issue when he appears before a Commons committee next week.

Donald Anderson, chair of the foreign affairs select committee, confirmed that Mr Blair would be interrogated on why he still believed the secret information when he makes his regular appearance before the Commons liaison committee, made up of select committee chairmen, on Tuesday.

He will be asked whether he is the "last person to believe the intelligence assessment", Mr Anderson said.

The confrontation comes after Lord Hutton's verdict that Downing Street did not "sex up" the September 2002 dossier setting out the threat posed by Saddam.

Mr Blair, who already faced tough questions about the failure to find WMD, has been under fresh pressure on the issue after US national security adviser Condoleezza Rice appeared to admit intelligence about Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction may have been flawed. …

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