Blair urged to attend MPs’ probe into on the runs

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

One of Tony Blair’s former cabinet ministers has urged him to accept the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee’s invitation to give evidence.

Ulster-born Kate Hoey, who is a member of the committee, told the News Letter: “Tony Blair has always prided himself on how much he achieved for peace in Northern Ireland.

“I cannot believe that he will not want to come to the committee and justify what he did to the committee and most importantly to all the victims who have been left very angry at the cover-up.”

When Parliament returns from its summer recess in September the committee will hear from Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, her predecessor Owen Paterson and Mr Blair’s former chief of staff Jonathan Powell. Retired detective Norman Baxter will also give fresh evidence.