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DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson praises Blair but questions Iraq invasion

By Emma Clark

Published 14/07/2016

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Tony Blair's leading role in ending terrorism in Northern Ireland has been praised by the DUP's Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.

The Lagan Valley MP said it was wrong to label the former Prime Minister a supporter of terror because of his role in the invasion of Iraq.

However, Sir Jeffrey, whose brother was in one of the first British Army units to cross the border from Kuwait into Iraq, added it was right that Mr Blair should face scrutiny.

"No one did more to bring an end to terrorism in Northern Ireland... than the former Prime Minister. At times I disagreed with the way that he went about things in Northern Ireland, while at other times he acted with the best of intentions. But I have to say he blurred the lines, and this is part of the problem.

"I think that it's right that we consider whether he potentially misled the House (of Commons)."

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