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PM angrily rejects Howard's demand to apologise.

A defiant Tony Blair has refused to apologise over claims that he had 'misrepresented' the case for war with Iraq.

The Prime Minister yesterday angrily rejected an accusation by Tory leader Michael Howard that he did not 'accurately report' the intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.

As Iraq dominated the first Prime Minister's Questions since MPs returned to Westminster from their summer break, Mr Blair accused Mr Howard of 'playing politics' with the war.

The Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy also sought to step up the pressure on the Prime Minister, warning that the failure to find any banned weapons in Iraq had removed the legal justification for war.

The exchanges in the Commons followed the final report of the Iraq Survey Group which concluded that the weapons had actually been destroyed by the Iraqi dictator after the 1991 Gulf War.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 14, 2004
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