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Tony Blair 'tried to save Colonel Gaddafi' just before bombing of Libya

Tony Blair may be asked to take part in a government inquiry after allegations the former prime minister attempted to save Colonel Gaddafi before the allied bombing of Libya.

A forthcoming biography of David Cameron claims Mr Blair was contacted by “a key individual close to Gaddafi” during the 2011 military campaign to topple the Libyan dictator, and subsequently telephoned Number 10 on his behalf.

Mr Blair purportedly called Downing Street to say the Libyan leader wanted “a deal with the British”. David Cameron, however, did not take up the offer.

The foreign affairs committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the Government’s foreign policy with Libya, which includes British military action in the country.

Nadhim Zahawi, a Tory sitting in the committee, told The Times: “With these revelations, we should be pushing for Blair to come and explain as part of the inquiry.

“If this is true then we need to better understand what happened.”

The claims could prove highly detrimental for the former Labour leader, who has already faced condemnation for allegedlyarranging a “deal in the desert” in 2004, in which Gaddafi was to eschew global terror in return for having internationalcompanies help him extract Libya's massive oil reserves.

Click here to read the Independent report.

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