Tony Blair attacks Iraq Inquiry as part of Britain's 'obsession with conspiracy theories'

By Jason Groves
Last updated at 9:38 AM on 09th February 2010

Tony Blair yesterday launched an extraordinary attack on the Iraq inquiry - as the chairman warned that he and others could be recalled over 'gaps' in their evidence.

In an outspoken interview in the U.S., the former prime minister dismissed the inquiry as part of a ' continual desire to sort of uncover some great conspiracy'.

Speaking on Fox News he said critics of the war were obsessed with conspiracy theories, and refused to accept that his motives were 'genuine'.

Asked about why the inquiry was being held he said: 'There's always got to be a scandal as to why you hold your view.

'There's got to be some conspiracy behind it. Some great, you know, deceit that's gone on, and people just find it hard to understand that it's possible for people to have different points of view and hold them reasonably for genuine reasons.'

His attack came as the chairman of the Iraq inquiry hinted that members of Mr Blair's government may have given misleading evidence or even lied.