Blair defends Iraq dossier

Prime Minister Tony Blair today defended Downing Street's "dodgy dossier" on Saddam Hussein's Iraq, insisting that its factual content was not in dispute.

Quizzed on the document during Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Blair told MPs that he had not been aware that the second dossier on Iraq's weapons contained extracts from a PhD student's 12-year-old thesis.

But Mr Blair insisted that the information in the dossier was accurate.

He told MPs: "There is not a single fact in it which is disputed."

Mr Blair said he stood by the decision to go to war in Iraq, describing it as "the right thing for this country to do".

Later today Mr Blair's director of communications Alastair Campbell was due to be questioned by the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee on his part in the production of the dossier, described yesterday by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw as an "embarrassment" for the Government.

He was also due to be questioned about an earlier dossier detailing Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programmes, following allegations that intelligence material was "sexed up" on the orders of 10 Downing Street.

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