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6 September 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 2:14am

Blair statement cancelling London book signing

Sorry to those -- "as ever the majority" -- who wanted to meet former PM

By James Macintyre

Here is Tony Blair’s statement on canceling his book signing in Picaddilly this week:

I very much enjoyed meeting my readers in Dublin and was looking forward to doing the same in London.

However, I have decided not to go ahead with the signing as I don’t want the public to be inconvenienced by the inevitable hassle caused by protestors. I know the Metropolitan police would, as ever, have done a superb job in managing any disruption but I do not wish to impose an extra strain on police resources, simply for a book signing.

I’m really sorry for those – as ever the majority – who would have come to have their books signed by me in person. I hope they understand.

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