Over 80,000 sign petition to block Tony Blair receiving a knighthood

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MORE than 80,000 had last night signed a petition to block ex-PM Tony Blair’s knighthood.

Critics alleged he was a war criminal for leading the UK into conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tony Blair was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list

It came after it was announced Sir Tony had been appointed to the Order of the Garter as Knight companion.

Angus Scott, who launched the online petition on Change.org, wrote: “He was personally responsible for causing the deaths of countless innocent civilians and servicemen in various conflicts.

“For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes.”

All but one of the PMs before him were honoured a few years after leaving office but he waited over 14 years.

Blair is currently executive chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, which states that since leaving office he has been “supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people, working for peace in the Middle East and countering extremism”.

A decade after he relinquished his role as PM, Blair announced a political comeback, saying he was motivated by Brexit.

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