Tony Blair – second Iraq Inquiry appearance – 21st January 2011

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    12th January 2011

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    UPDATE: I have received a ticket for Tony Blair’s appearance at the Inquiry next Friday.  So I’ll let you know all about it next weekend. I know. You can hardly wait!

    According to the updated timetable on the Iraq Inquiry website, also reported here at Sky the former prime minister will appear at the Iraq Inquiry for the second time on Friday the 21st of January, 2011, since some have concluded that the panel didn’t extract enough blood information the first time he appeared.

    Tony Blair's first appearance at the Iraq Inquiry was on 29th January last year

    Those who applied for tickets for this year’s event , which will last for four and a half hours, compared to the six hours at the previous inquisition inquiry session will hear if their applications have been successful within the next few days.  See Iraq Inquiry website here

    From Iraq Inquiry website:

    A ballot to allocate seats in the hearing room for Tony Blair’s appearance at the Iraq Inquiry on January 21st took place on Monday 10 January. All the people who were successful in the ballot will be notified in the next few days.

    There are 60 seats in the hearing room, with a third reserved for family members who lost loved ones in Iraq. Each of the bereaved families could apply for up to two tickets. The ballot for family members received 24 entries, 44 tickets were requested (20 pairs and four individuals). After 20 seats had been allocated the remaining 24 were added to the separate public ballot, which received 167 entries from members of the public. 14 families will be represented in the hearing room on the day of Mr Blair’s public hearing.

    The other ten families who applied but were not successful will be guaranteed a seat in a private viewing room at the Inquiry venue if they wish. There is also an additional viewing facility for the public who entered the ballot, did not get a seat in the hearing room but had expressed an interest in watching from a separate room at the QEII.

    The ballot was overseen by Karamjit Singh CBE, who is currently the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman and the Social Fund Commissioner for both Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Mr Singh was asked to provide independent oversight of the ballot and confirm that it was conducted in a fair and transparent manner. Mr Singh has signed an undertaking [PDF] to this effect.

    Only those named individuals with tickets will be able to gain entry to the QEII conference centre on the day of the hearing. Anyone who was unsuccessful in the ballot will be able to watch the proceedings on the internet via the Inquiry’s website. It is also likely that the main UK broadcasters will show extended coverage of the Tony Blair hearing on their news channels.

    It is interesting that only 167 requests from the general public were made this time. If I recall correctly that compares with 500-600 for his last appearance.  Perhaps I’ll even get a seat in the actual hearing room this time, and not in the external viewing room, as I did last year. Reported here – I was a witness (more or less) to the TRIAL of Tony Blair, aka the Iraq Inquiry

    Will keep you updated.

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    5 Responses to “Tony Blair – second Iraq Inquiry appearance – 21st January 2011”

    1. Tweets that mention Tony Blair – second Iraq Inquiry appearance – 21st January 2011 « Tony Blair -- Says:

      […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by leahcim, Blair Supporter. Blair Supporter said: Blair at Iraq Inquiry in 9 days time! Go on, dust off the placards, you lot. Only 167 members of public applied. – […]

    2. Peter Reynolds Says:

      So was your name in the ballot?

    3. Peter Reynolds Says:

      Right, if I can’t make it myself I shall have to send one of my special 00 operatives down there to find you and expose you to the world!!

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