Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be questioned by the Foreign Affairs Committee over his Government’s policy towards Libya.
Mr Blair will be asked about relations and deals the north African country during his period as UK leader at an inquiry on Friday, December 11, at Portcullis House.
The investigation – Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK’s future policy options – is looking at topics that include the UK’s 2011 intervention, post-conflict assistance to the transitional administration, the breakdown in security and the UK’s role in addressing migration and people trafficking.
It comes at the same time that the Northern Ireland Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into compensation for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA attacks, which includes those affected by the 1996 Docklands bomb.
The select committee had called for Mr Blair to give evidence in the inquiry, but he failed to produce any in time of the deadline and then claimed he did not known the submission date.
The Docklands Victims Association, which recently came together with other IRA victims to form the Gaddafi IRA Semtex Victims group, has been campaigning for money to help those still living with the injuries sustained through IRA attacks including when a bomb ripped through South Quay, killing two and injuring 39.
The late Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi supplied Semtex to the IRA during the troubles and victims want compensation from his frozen assets. Despite his friendly relations with the dictator, Mr Blair has previously denied any deal was done that would deliberately exclude UK victims from compensation. Millions were paid to victims in the US.
Ahead of the meeting on Friday, Mr Blair has divided opinion following a piece in the Spectator titled In Defence Of Blairism in which he speaks for the first time about current-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
He claimed that everybody who wants a Labour government recognises “the tragedy of the Labour party’s current position” and said the party was “in danger of not asking the right questions, never mind failing to get the right answers”.