Blair's 'psychological dominance' key in UK entering Iraq war, says Chilcot

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Author of devastating report on war tells MPs that cabinet did not dare to challenge PM in run-up to 2003 invasion

Tony Blair’s “sheer psychological dominance” played a key role in the run-up to the Iraq war, and meant that flawed evidence justifying the 2003 invasion was never challenged, Sir John Chilcot told MPs on Wednesday.

Giving evidence to a parliamentary committee, Chilcot said “sofa government”, in which ministers were not consulted on crucial decisions, reached a high point under Blair. This reflected Blair’s personal preferences, he said.

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