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Statement on the delay of the Chilcot report

Commenting on the announcement that the Chilcot report is to be delayed, a spokesperson said:

"While we do not intend to provide a running commentary on the process involved in the publication of the report, it is important to state the following for the sake of clarity.  
"We have repeatedly said that it is not true to say that Tony Blair has caused the delay in the report’s publication. 
"Sir John’s letter makes reference to notes and records concerning Mr Blair, which some may interpret as an implicit suggestion that Mr Blair caused the delay, this is not true. On the contrary, he regrets this delay in its publication. 
"Incorrect allegations and politically motivated speculation do nothing to shine a light on the issues involved. It is an independent inquiry and it should be allowed to proceed with its work."
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"While we do not intend to provide a running commentary on the process involved in the publication of the report, it is important to state the following for the sake of clarity.  

"We have repeatedly said that it is not true to say that Tony Blair has caused the delay in the report’s publication. 

"Sir John’s letter makes reference to notes and records concerning Mr Blair, which some may interpret as an implicit suggestion that Mr Blair caused the delay, this is not true. On the contrary, he regrets this delay in its publication. 

"Incorrect allegations and politically motivated speculation do nothing to shine a light on the issues involved. It is an independent inquiry and it should be allowed to proceed with its work."

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