REVEALED: The very cosy friendship between Iraq inquiry chief and Tony Blair - who knighted him after private meeting in London club | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

REVEALED: The very cosy friendship between Iraq inquiry chief and Tony Blair - who knighted him after private meeting in London club

When Tony Blair first appeared before the Iraq inquiry five years ago, the chairman Sir John Chilcot treated him with almost painful deference.

Chilcot, a crumpled figure whose opening remarks lasted seven minutes, never laid a glove on Blair, even though the former prime minister gave evidence for more than six hours.

What few people know is that the bumbling Chilcot, a retired career civil servant, could, in fact, have greeted Blair as an old friend.

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