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Blair’s Chilcot Inquiry performance was a lie’

PUBLISHED: 10:58 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:34 25 August 2010

ANTI-WAR campaigners have called for Tony Blair to face tougher questioning claiming that his performance giving evidence at the Chilcot inquiry was just another lie .

ANTI-WAR campaigners have called for Tony Blair to face tougher questioning claiming that his 'performance' giving evidence at the Chilcot inquiry was "just another lie".

Bromley and Bexley protesters congregated at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in Westminster last Friday as the former Prime Minister arrived to give evidence as to why he took the country into war with Iraq.

In six hours of evidence, Mr Blair defended his decision to enter the 2003 invasion but it is believed he may be recalled for both public and private questioning surrounding classified information and his response to intelligence briefings.

Protestor Terry Gardner (pictured right), a musician and bar worker from Sidcup, said: "I'm very angry about it. This war was done totally on lies. I'm dead against it."

the 39-year-old added: "My grandfather Frank Gardner was in the Woolwich Royal Arsenal in World War Two. If he was alive today I think he would be here."

Monica Axson, 41, a Stop the War Coalition activist, of Camrose Street, Plumstead, said: "I just think it's an absolute disgrace. The man just can't say when he is wrong. He has no humility.

"Hundreds of thousands of people have died and he says he has no regrets. Now he is the UN's Middle East Peace envoy.

"It's unbelievable. He just did Bush's bidding. It's difficult to believe a word he says.

"He got off very easy with that panel but I can understand it's hard to nail someone like that down. He is trained in the art of dodging questions and has been lying for a long time."

Iraqi protestor Tahrir Swift, from Orpington, attended the "lively and vocal" protest welcomed claims that Blair could be recalled.

She said: "Faith in politicians is at an all time low and if they don't do a good job in the inquiry, we will have a political crisis.

Arriving at the protest, Ms Swift said Mr Blair was ushered into the conference centre and protestors were kept at a distance by police.

She added: "It felt good to be outside the QEII conference Centre, even though the police tried to keep us out of sight and earshot so as not to inflict any guilt on the conscience of Tony Blair.


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