Blair book launch party cancelled

Blair book launch party cancelled

A party to mark the launch of Tony Blair’s new book tonight, which would have attracted protests from anti-war campaigners, has been called off, it was revealed today.

Guests invited to the event, at the Tate Modern museum in Central London, have been told that it has been postponed, said a spokeswoman for the book’s publishers, Random House.

It is the second time the former prime minister has called off an event after he cancelled a signing session of his memoir, due to be held at the Waterstone’s book store in London’s Piccadilly today.

After cancelling the book signing the ex-premier said he did not want to subject the public to the “inevitable hassle” protests would cause or use up police resources keeping order at the event.

Campaigners against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had planned to demonstrate outside Tate Modern and criticised the museum for allowing the party to be held there.

Eggs and shoes were hurled by protesters and one attempted to make a citizen’s arrest when Mr Blair signed copies of the book, 'A Journey', in Dublin last weekend.

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