Blair aide who brokered the deal that took us into Iraq war gets New Year Honours gong even though Chilcot still hasn’t reported.
The Mail Online reports: Tony Blair’s key aide who helped him forge a secret pact with George Bush to wage war in Iraq receives a top honour today.
Sir David Manning, who was Mr Blair’s foreign policy adviser and is now an aide to Prince William, is made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
The honour comes as Sir David faces the prospect of stern criticism in the delayed Chilcot report into the 2003 war.
He was among 1,164 people recognised by today’s New Year’s Honours, but he is not the only controversial figure to feature in the list.
Fiona Woolf, the lawyer who was forced to resign as chair for the Government’s child abuse inquiry, become a dame, and Cressida Dick the policewoman in charge when Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead received a CBE.