2 Jan

Iraq Inquiry To Return To The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

The Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEIICC), London’s premier purpose built conference centre, will be hosting the Iraq Inquiry public hearings between 18th January and 4th February 2011, with the Rt Hon. Tony Blair called to give evidence on the 21st January.

The Centre was home to the first round of public hearings in July 2010, which took place in the Victoria and Albert Suites.

Sue Etherington, acting commercial director said: “We are once again honored to be hosting such a high profile event. Obviously an event of this nature requires heightened security and the upmost professionalism from our team.”

The full timetable of individuals who have been called to give evidence has been published and once again includes The Rt Hon. Tony Blair (Prime Minister 1997 – 2007), Admiral the Lord Boyce GCB OBE DL (Chief of the Defence Staff 2001-2003), John Buck (Director for Iraq 2003-2004), Tom McKane (Deputy Head of Defence and Overseas Secretariat, 2001-2002), Sir Gus O’Donnell, KCB (Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, 2005 to date)

These hearings will be open to the general public. Given the level of public interest anticipated in the appearance of the Rt Hon. Tony Blair, the Inquiry will be holding a public ballot to allocate seats. The precise timetable for the first week of the public hearings is on the official website: http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk

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