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Blair ‘should pay for copy of Chilcot’s £767 report’

TONY BLAIR should pay to provide the relatives of British soldiers who died in the Iraq war with a £767 hard copy of the Chilcot report, families of the dead said yesterday.

Rose Gentle, who was visiting the grave of her son Fusilier Gordon Gentle, said the former PM has enough money to afford the cost.

And Roger Bacon, whose son Major Matthew Bacon was killed in Iraq in 2005, said Mr Blair, “with all his millions,” should pay.

Ms Gentle and Mr Bacon spoke out after it emerged that full hard copies of the 2.6 million word, 12-volume report will cost £767 and will not be provided to the families free of charge.

They are invited to attend inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot’s statement when the report is published on July 6,

before which they will be able to read an embargoed copy and will be given a free executive summary.
But Glasgow resident Ms Gentle, whose son was killed in a bomb attack in Basra in 2004 aged 19, said families should receive a free hard copy as well.

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