Blair 'did not knowingly lie' about Iraq's WMD says BBC's Nick Robinson
Tony Blair did not knowingly lie about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in the build-up to war, according to the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson.
Speaking at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Mr Robinson said he expected his view that Mr Blair really believed Iraq had WMD to draw boos from the 1,500-strong audience.
He said: "I don't think Tony Blair lied. He absolutely believed it."
There were no boos.
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In 2003, Mr Blair, who was then Prime Minister, took Britain to war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, alongside the United States.
No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq and Mr Blair has been dogged by accusations that he lied to the country in an effort to build support for the invasion.
Around 1,500 people from Gloucestershire were among those that demonstrated in London on February 15 2003 as mass protests sought to stop the war.
Just a month later the UK found itself waging war against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.
Nick Robinson was speaking at The Times Forum to promote his book, Live in Downing Street.