Tony Blair

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Tony Blair

British Labour Party politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007add

Category: Politics

Born in 1953.

Countries: United Kingdom (58%), United States (8%), (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Gordon Brown, George W. Bush, Northern Ireland

Linked to: Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, The Observer, Conservative Party

 

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Tony Blair was born in 1953 add something

 

Blair was born in Edinburgh , Scotland on 6 May 1953, the second son of Leo and Hazel Blair. add something

 

Peter Mandelson - "'Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Baron Mandelson"', PC is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Hartlepool from 1992 to 2004, served in a number of Cabinet positions under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and was a European Commissioner


1961

After attending The Chorister School in Durham from 1961 to 1966, Blair boarded at Fettes College, a prestigious independent school in Edinburgh , during which time he met Charlie Falconer (a pupil at the rival Edinburgh Academy), whom he later appointed Lord Chancellor. add something


1975

After graduating from Oxford in 1975 with a Second Class Honours BA in Jurisprudence, Blair became a member of Lincoln's Inn, enrolled as a pupil barrister, and met his future wife, Cherie Booth at the law chambers founded by Derry Irvine (who was to be Blair's first Lord Chancellor), 11 King's Bench Walk Chambers. add something

 

Blair joined the Labour Party shortly after graduating from Oxford in 1975. add something


1976

Cherie Blair - In 1976, while she was studying to become a barrister, she met future Prime Minister and husband Tony Blair


1980

Blair married Cherie Booth, a Roman Catholic and future Queen's Counsel, on 29 March 1980. add something


1982

In 1982 Blair was selected as the Labour candidate in the safe Conservative seat of Beaconsfield, where there was a forthcoming by-election. add something

 

In contrast to his later centrism, Blair made it clear in a letter he wrote to Labour leader Michael Foot in July 1982, that he had "come to Socialism through Marxism" and considered himself on the left. add something


1983

In 1983, Blair found the newly created constituency of Sedgefield, a notionally safe Labour seat near where he had grown up in Durham. add something

 

In his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 6 July 1983, Blair stated, "I am a socialist not through reading a textbook that has caught my intellectual fancy, nor through unthinking tradition, but because I believe that, at its best, socialism corresponds most closely to an existence that is both rational and moral. add something


1985

In May 1985, he appeared on BBC's Question Time, arguing that the Conservative Government's Public Order White Paper was a threat to civil liberties. add something


1987

In 1987, he stood for election to the Shadow Cabinet, receiving 71 votes. add something

 

Harry Barnes (Labour politician) - Born in Easington, County Durham, elected to Parliament in the 1987 election, Barnes was a left-winger, a member of the Socialist Campaign Group who voted against Tony Blair's leadership on a number of issues


1989

James Purnell - As a student he worked in the summer holidays as a researcher to Tony Blair from 1989 to 1992


1990

Paul Belien - Beliën stated that he saw in Verhofstadt a transformation from adoring the economic liberalism of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, and the laureling of Ludwig Erhard of Verhofstadt in Belien's magazine "Nucleus" in 1990, to a Third Way position taken by Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, with Verhofstadt ultimately taking an "Old Europe" stance with Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schröder in 2003


1992

He inherited the Labour leadership at a time when the party was ascendant over the Tories in the opinion polls since the Tory government's reputation for monetary excellence was left in tatters by the Black Wednesday economic disaster of September 1992. add something

 

After Blair became leader, these talks continued – despite virtually every opinion poll since late 1992 having shown Labour with enough support to form a majority. add something

 

Alistair Darling - After the 1992 General Election he became a spokesman on &Treasury_Affairs (HM_Treasury) until being promoted to Tony Blair's Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1996.


1993

We spoke to Tony Blair on 14 September 1993, before the spin doctors closed around him, when he was still shadow Home Secretary and had a full head of hair. add something


1994

After the death of John Smith in 1994, Blair and his close colleague Gordon_Brown were both seen as possible candidates for the party leadership. add something

 

In 1994, Blair met Michael Levy, later Lord Levy, a pop music mogul and fundraiser. add something

 

Margaret Thatcher - After Tony Blair's election as Labour Party leader in 1994, Thatcher praised Blair in an interview as "probably the most formidable Labour leader since Hugh Gaitskell

 

Ed Miliband - In 1994, when Harriet Harman was moved by the newly-elected Labour Leader Tony Blair to become Shadow Secretary of State for Employment, Miliband stayed on in the Shadow Treasury team and was promoted to work for Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown

 

Rupert Murdoch - The Labour Party, from when Tony Blair became leader in 1994, had moved from the Left to a more central position on many economic issues prior to 1997

 

Gordon Brown - After the sudden death of Labour leader John Smith in May 1994, Brown did not contest the leadership after Tony Blair became favourite, deciding to make way for Blair to avoiding splitting the pro-modernising vote in the leadership ballot

 

Denis Healey - Although he supported Tony Blair to lead the Labour Party within hours of John Smith's death in May 1994, he later became critical

 

John Major - His task became even more difficult after the well-received election of Tony Blair as Labour leader in July 1994


1995

In 1995, while leader of the Opposition, Blair disclosed in the Commons register of interests that he was a guest of Murdoch when he flew to meet him in Hayman Island. add something

 

At a special conference in April 1995, the clause was replaced by a statement that the party is 'democratic socialist'. add something


1996

At the 1996 Labour Party conference, Blair stated that his three top priorities on coming to office were "education, education, and education". add something

 

Geri Halliwell - She claimed in 1996 that Tony Blair was "not a safe pair of hands for the economy"


1997

After taking office in 1997, Blair gave particular prominence to his press secretary, who became known as the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman. add something

 

Levy ran the Labour Leader's Office Fund to finance Blair's campaign before the 1997 General Election and raised £12m towards Labour’s landslide victory, Levy was rewarded with a peerage, and in 2002, Blair appointed Levy as his personal envoy to the Middle East. add something

 

With victories in 1997, 2001, and 2005, Blair was the Labour Party's longest-serving prime minister, the only person to lead the party to three consecutive general election victories. add something

 

Blair became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 2 May 1997, serving concurrently as First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service and Leader of the Labour Party. add something

 

Glenda Jackson - After the 1997 general election, she was appointed a junior minister in the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair, with responsibility for London Transport, a post she resigned before an attempt to be nominated as the Labour Party candidate for the election of the first Mayor of London in 2000.

 

Peter Gabriel - At the 1997 general election, Gabriel declared his support for the Labour Party, which won that election by a landslide after 18 years out of power, led by Tony Blair

 

David Blunkett - Blind since birth, and coming from a poor family in one of Sheffield's most deprived districts, he rose to become Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary in Tony Blair's Cabinet following Labour's victory in the 1997 general election

 

Geoff Hoon - Following the 1997 general election he became a member of the government of Tony Blair as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Lord Chancellor's Department, being promoted to the rank of Minister of State in the same department in 1998

 

Geoff Hoon - Following the 1997 general election he became a member of the government of Tony Blair as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Lord Chancellor's Department, being promoted to the rank of Minister of State in the same department in 1998

 

Peter Hitchens - Hitchens continued to espouse a conservative viewpoint, despite the publication's move towards the political centre in the mid-90s and its decision before the 1997 general election to support the Labour Party under Tony Blair

 

Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury - In 1997 he was appointed to Tony Blair's Cabinet as the first Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

 

Robert Mugabe - In 1997, the new British government, led by Tony Blair, unilaterally stopped funding the "willing buyer, willing seller" land reform programme on the basis that the initial £44 million allocated under the Thatcher government was used to purchase land for members of the ruling elite, rather than landless peasants

 

Richard Dannatt, Baron Dannatt - In the book, he was critical of the Labour government that led the UK from 1997 to 2010 and of Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer and later prime minister, in particular, accusing him of "malign intervention" and, while chancellor, of refusing to fund Tony Blair's defence policy

 

Rupert Murdoch - In the general elections of 1997, 2001 and 2005, Murdoch's papers were either neutral or supported Labour under Tony Blair

 

Katrina Leskanich - Reacting to the win, Leskanich said it was the second landslide victory in a week; the song won by a record points margin, and Tony Blair had won the 1997 British general election two days previously

 

John Smith (Labour Party leader) - Smith's biographer, Mark Stuart, claimed that Smith could have won Labour a Parliamentary victory in 1997 on a similar scale to that achieved by Tony Blair because of the combination of the Black Wednesday debacle and ongoing Conservative divisions over Europe between 1992 and 1997; however, Stuart argues that the lack of a "Blair effect" would have meant that the Conservative Party would have held slightly over 200 seats in the House of Commons, leaving the Conservatives in a position similar to that of Labour in 1983 than to the

 

George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy - Thomas' opposition to Welsh nationalism was finally expressed in hostility to the Blair government's devolution proposals of 1997

 

Tony Lloyd - Following the 1997 general election which returned Tony Blair as Prime Minister, Lloyd was appointed a junior Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office under Robin Cook, beginning 5 May 1997

 

Murder of Yvonne Fletcher - On 24 June 1997, Tam Dalyell MP questioned Prime Minister Tony Blair about the death of Yvonne Fletcher

 

Nelson Mandela - A further three years elapsed until Mandela's offer was repeated to Major's successor, Tony Blair, when the president visited London in July 1997.


1998

Blair addressing a crowd in Armagh in 1998. add something

 

He states that Blair had a "wobble" and considered changing his mind on the eve of the bombing of Iraq in 1998. add something

 

Following the Omagh Bombing on 15 August 1998, by members of the Real IRA opposed to the peace process, which killed 29 people and wounded hundreds, Blair visited the County Tyrone town and met with victims at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. add something

 

David Trimble - In 1998, Tony Blair announced a new judicial inquiry, the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, into the killing of 14 unarmed civil rights marchers in Derry in 1972

 

Mark Saville, Baron Saville of Newdigate - On 29 January 1998, Lord Saville of Newdigate was appointed to chair the second Bloody Sunday Inquiry, a public inquiry commissioned by Prime Minister Tony Blair into Bloody Sunday, an incident in 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland, when twenty-seven people were shot by members of the 1st Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment, resulting in fourteen deaths


1999

Mairead Maguire - During a visit to Baghdad with Argentinian colleague Adolfo Perez Esquivel in March 1999, Maguire urged then-U.S. President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to end the bombing of Iraq and to allow for the U.N. sanctions to be lifted


2000

In 2000 Blair "flagged up" 100 million euros for green policies and urged environmentalists and businesses to work together. add something


2001

From the start of the War on Terror in 2001, Blair strongly supported the foreign policy of George W. Bush, participating in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and 2003 invasion of Iraq. add something

 

Hazel Blears - After the 2001 General Election, Blears entered Tony Blair's government as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, responsible for Public Health

 

Geri Halliwell - By the 2001 General Election Halliwell had switched her support to Tony Blair and the Labour Party, making a cameo appearance in one of their party election broadcasts

 

Andy Coulson - In 2001, in the run up to the general election, he asked Tony and Cherie Blair whether they were members of the mile high club

 

Douglas Alexander - He was rewarded by Tony Blair and was appointed as the Minister of State with responsibility for "e-commerce and competitiveness" at the Department of Trade and Industry in June 2001


2002

In addition to PMQs, Blair held monthly press conferences at which he fielded questions from journalists and – from 2002 – broke precedent by agreeing to give evidence twice yearly before the most senior Commons select committee, The Liaison Committee. add something

 

In the period between September 2002 and April 2005, Blair and Murdoch are documented speaking 6 times; three times in the 9 days before the Iraq war, including the eve of the 20 March US and UK invasion, and on 29 January, 25 April and 3 October 2004. add something

 

Christine Langan - At the end of 2002, she began developing Peter Morgan's "The Deal", a dramatisation of the political rise of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown

 

Edward Heath - On 29 April 2002, in his 86th year, he made a public appearance at Buckingham Palace alongside the prime minister Tony Blair and the three other surviving former prime ministers, as well as relatives of deceased prime ministers, for a dinner which was part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations

 

Goran Persson - Following this accident he was unable to lift his left arm for some time and almost fainted during a speech in Almedalen on 10 July 2002 and after a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on 15 July 2002


2003

Again in 2003, Blair went before the United States Congress and said that climate change "cannot be ignored", insisting "we need to go beyond even Kyoto. add something

 

Between January 2003 and February 2004, Blair had three meetings with Richard Desmond; on 29 January and 3 September 2003 and 23 February 2004. add something

 

Blair suffered from chest pains on Sunday 19 October 2003 and underwent a cardioversion at Hammersmith Hospital. add something

 

Tony Blair in heart scare, The Guardian, 20 October 2003. add something

 

Ann Clwyd - Having been prominent in her concern for the situation in Iraq before the war there in 2003, Tony Blair made her a Special Envoy on Human Rights in Iraq in the run-up to the War. She was the first journalist to put forward claims that some Iraqis were killed in plastic shredders

 

Paul Goggins - He was promoted to the government of Tony Blair in 2003, where he was made the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office with the role of prisons and probation minister

 

Jose Manuel Barroso - In 2003, Barroso hosted U.S President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar in the Portuguese island of Terceira, in the Azores

 

Jeremy Paxman - In 2003, Prime Minister Tony Blair opted to make the case for the invasion of Iraq via questions from a TV studio audience, mediated by Paxman

 

Ian McKellen - Kellen made a guest appearance as himself on the American cartoon show The Simpsons, in a special British-themed episode entitled "The Regina Monologues", along with Tony Blair and J. K. Rowling.

 

Desmond Tutu - In January 2003, Tutu attacked British Prime Minister Tony Blair's stance in supporting American President George W. Bush over Iraq

 

George Galloway - He reportedly said in a 28 March 2003 interview with Abu Dhabi TV that Tony Blair and George W. Bush had "lied to the British Air Force and Navy, when they said the battle of Iraq would be very quick and easy

 

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi - As a result, in July 2003 Torrance petitioned the prime minister Tony Blair to consider his release in view of the widespread unease in Scotland concerning the safety of the verdict

 

Vanessa Redgrave - In December 2003 it was revealed that Redgrave had declined the offer of being made a Dame from Tony Blair's New Labour government


2004

In 2004, 50 former diplomats, including ambassadors to Baghdad and Tel Aviv, stated they had 'watched with deepening concern' at Britain following the US into war in Iraq in 2003. add something

 

Bush shake hands after their press conference in the East Room of the White House on 12 November 2004. add something

 

Jeremy Clarkson - He has often criticised the Labour Governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, especially the 'ban' culture, frequently fixating on the bans on smoking and 2004 ban on fox hunting

 

Iain Banks - In late 2004, Banks was a member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq

 

Michael Howard - In February 2004, Howard called on PM Tony Blair to resign over the Iraq war, for failing to ask "basic questions" regarding WMD claims and misleading Parliament

 

Gordon Brown - In October 2004, Tony Blair announced he would not lead the party into a fourth general election, but would serve a full third term


2005

Ruth Kelly - After the 2005 election, it was rumoured that she was to be demoted back into her old post at the Treasury and although she kept her position at the DfES, she was said to have been "less than thrilled" by the appointment of Tony Blair's adviser Andrew Adonis as a Minister within her Department

 

David Blunkett - Following the 2005 general election Blunkett was returned to the cabinet as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where he faced a growing pensions crisis, although it is known Tony Blair wanted to make him the new minister for Anti-social behaviour within the cabinet at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister but this was snubbed by John Prescott

 

Tom Baker - In a 2005 survey of British adults, Baker's voice was found to be the fourth most recognisable after the Queen, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher

 

Gordon Brown - Political comment over the relationship between Brown and Blair continued up to and beyond the 2005 election, which Labour won with a reduced majority and reduced vote share

 

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - The Maharishi ordered a suspension of TM training in Britain in 2005 due to his opposition to Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision to support the Iraq War. The Maharishi said that he did not want to waste the "beautiful nectar" of TM on a "scorpion nation"

 

Jimmy Walter - Walter produced a video documentary called "Confronting the Evidence" in 2005 and distributed over 300,000 free copies on DVD, including one to every household in Tony Blair's Sedgefield constituency

 

David Owen - In May 2005, he was approached two days before the General Election by someone very close to Tony Blair to endorse Labour

 

Glenda Jackson - By October 2005, her problems with Blair's leadership swelled to a point where she threatened to challenge the Prime Minister as a stalking horse candidate in a leadership contest if he did not stand down within a reasonable amount of time.

 

Margaret Thatcher - Thatcher celebrated her 80th birthday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park, London, on 13 October 2005; guests included the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Alexandra and Tony Blair

 

Robin Cook - A later memorial service at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, on 5 December 2005, included a reading by Tony Blair and warm tributes by Gordon Brown and Madeleine Albright

 

John Prescott - On 17 December 2005, Prescott made public his disapproval of Tony Blair's plans to give state schools the right to govern their finances and admission policies and to increase the number of city academies


2006

A revealing conversation between Bush and Blair, with the former addressing the latter as "Yo , Blair" was recorded when they did not know a microphone was live at the G8 conference in Russia in 2006. add something

 

In 2006 Blair was criticised for his failure to immediately call for a ceasefire in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. add something

 

In an interview with Michael Parkinson broadcast on ITV1 on 4 March 2006, Blair referred to the role of his Christian faith in his decision to go to war in Iraq, stating that he had prayed about the issue, and saying that God would judge him for his decision: "I think if you have faith about these things, you realise that judgement is made by other people … and if you believe in God, it's made by God as well. add something

 

The letter was eventually published in June 2006. add something

 

The Observer newspaper claimed that at a cabinet meeting before Blair left for a summit with Bush on 28 July 2006, a significant number of ministers pressured Blair to publicly criticise Israel over the scale of deaths and destruction in Lebanon. add something

 

On 7 September 2006, Blair publicly stated he would step down as party leader by the time of the &Trades_Union_Congress conference held 10–13 September 2007, having promised to serve a full term during the previous general election campaign. add something

 

Rupert Murdoch - In 2006, Britain's "Independent" newspaper reported that Murdoch would offer Tony Blair a senior role in his global media company News Corporation when the prime minister stood down from office

 

Ed Miliband - In Tony Blair's cabinet reshuffle in May 2006, he was made the Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office, as Minister for the Third Sector, with responsibility for voluntary and charity organisations

 

John Prescott - In May 2006, in recognition of his work in delivering the Kyoto Treaty, Tony Blair asked Prescott to work with the Foreign Secretary and the Environment Secretary on developing the Government's post-Kyoto agenda

 

George Galloway - In an interview with Piers Morgan for "GQ Magazine" in May 2006, Galloway was asked whether a suicide bomb attack on Tony Blair with "no other casualties" would be morally justifiable "as revenge for the war on Iraq-"

 

Hazel Blears - In a cabinet reshuffle following Council Elections on 4 May 2006 Tony Blair appointed her Party Chair replacing Ian McCartney

 

Michael Meacher - In June 2006, various articles appeared in the British media claiming Meacher would stand as a stalking horse against Tony Blair in order to initiate a leadership contest; others suggested, especially after Brown came out in support of the Trident missile programme and nuclear energy, that Meacher would challenge Brown from the left

 

Harold Wilson - In September 2006, Blair unveiled a second bronze statue of Wilson in his former constituency of Huyton, near Liverpool

 

Bill Bryson - In November 2006, Bryson interviewed the British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the state of science and education

 

John Major - In December 2006, Major led calls for an independent inquiry into Tony Blair's decision to invade Iraq, following revelations made by Carne Ross, a former British senior diplomat, that contradict Blair's case for the invasion

 

Ann Clwyd - However on 5 December 2006 she was defeated by Lloyd by 11 votes when she sought re-election, with her closeness to Tony Blair being cited as a reason for her defeat


2007

In 2007, the United Nations Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People spent over $400,000 on three armoured cars for Blair. add something

 

The sketch was made for the BBC Red Nose Day fundraising programme of 2007. add something

 

On 14 March 2007, Blair appeared as a celebrity judge on Masterchef goes Large after contestants had to prepare a three course meal in the Downing Street kitchens for Blair and Bertie Ahern. add something

 

On 16 March 2007, Blair featured in a comedy sketch with Catherine Tate, who appeared in the guise of her character Lauren Cooper from The Catherine Tate Show. add something

 

In May 2007, before his resignation, it was reported that Blair would be offered a knighthood in the Order of the Thistle, owing to his Scottish connections. add something

 

On 10 May 2007, during a speech at the Trimdon Labour Club, Blair announced his intention to resign as both Labour Party leader and Prime Minister. add something

 

At a special party conference in Manchester on 24 June 2007, he formally handed over the leadership of the Labour Party to Gordon Brown, who had been Chancellor of the Exchequer. add something

 

On 27 June 2007, Blair officially resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after ten years in office, and he was officially confirmed as Middle East envoy for the United Nations, European Union, United States, and Russia. add something

 

In common with many news organisations the BBC transcribed Bush's greeting as "Yo, Blair", but this is a clear mishearing: see Great Political Myths Part 1, BBC Radio 4, 15 July 2007. add something

 

On 14 November 2007, Blair launched the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, which aims to "increase childhood participation in sports activities, especially in the North East of England, where a larger proportion of children are socially excluded, and to promote overall health and prevent childhood obesity. add something

 

On 22 December 2007, it was disclosed that Blair, who in 1996, had been reprimanded by Cardinal Basil Hume for receiving Holy Communion at Mass despite not being a Catholic, in contravention of canon law, had converted to the Catholic faith, and that it was "a private matter". add something

 

Ann Winterton - Along with her husband, she managed to ask questions at Tony Blair's last Prime Minister's Questions in 2007

 

Michael Meacher - On 27 April 2007, it was reported that Meacher had reached an agreement with John McDonnell that on the day Tony Blair announced his resignation, whichever of the two of them had the fewer nominations would step aside and allow the other to challenge Gordon Brown

 

Thabo Mbeki - He rejected calls in May 2007 for tough action against Zimbabwe ahead of a visit by the then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair

 

Elizabeth II - In May 2007, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported claims from unnamed sources that the Queen was "exasperated and frustrated" by the policies of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, that she had shown concern that the British Armed Forces were overstretched in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that she had raised concerns over rural and countryside issues with Blair repeatedly.

 

John Prescott - Within 30 minutes of Tony Blair announcing the date of his resignation on 10 May 2007, Prescott announced his resignation as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

 

Craig Brown (satirist) - "The Tony Years" is a comic overview of the years of Tony Blair's government, published in paperback by Ebury Press in June 2007

 

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi - On 9 June 2007 rumours of a possible prisoner swap deal involving Megrahi were strenuously denied by the then-prime minister, Tony Blair

 

Gordon Brown - Brown became Prime Minister on 27 June 2007, after the resignation of Tony Blair and three days after becoming Leader of the governing Labour Party


2008

Blair was later invited to speak on European issues at a rally of President Sarkozy's party, the Union for a Popular Movement, on 12 January 2008, which fuelled speculation further. add something

 

In January 2008, it was confirmed that Blair would be joining investment bank JPMorgan Chase in a "senior advisory capacity" and that he would advise Zurich Financial Services on climate change. add something

 

In May 2008, Blair announced a new plan for peace and for Palestinian rights, based heavily on the ideas of the Peace Valley plan. add something

 

On 22 May 2008, Blair received an honorary law doctorate from Queen's University Belfast, alongside former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, for distinction in public service and roles in the Northern Ireland peace process. add something

 

John Howard - In January 2008, Howard signed with a prominent speaking agency called the Washington Speakers Bureau, joining Tony Blair, Colin_Powell, Madeleine Albright, and others


2009

In 2009, Blair stated that he would have supported removing Saddam Hussein from power even in the face of proof that he had no such weapons. add something

 

In 2009, there was speculation in the media that Blair was open to the idea of becoming the first President of the European Council, a post created in the Treaty of Lisbon that would come into force in 2009, if successfully ratified. add something

 

On 14 January 2009, Blair, upon a visit to the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., described, in the guest book, his home as being 'Jerusalem'. add something

 

In February 2009, he applied to set up a charity called the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, the application was approved in November 2009. add something

 

He was awarded the prize in May 2009. add something

 

Names that mean trouble, The Times, 13 September 2009. add something

 

Blair was instrumental in lobbying Israel to release frequencies in November 2009 for mobile phone company Wataniya to operate in the occupied West Bank. add something

 

Norman Lamont, Baron Lamont of Lerwick - After the 2009 budget, the Sunday Times editorialised that Lamont's budget had been so badly received that he was out of his job within two months, "but it fixed the public finances and set up the prosperity of the 1990s and beyond" and Derek Scott, Tony Blair's economic adviser from 1997 to 2003, wrote that Lamont was "rightly praised" for putting in place the post-ERM framework, that stage of Lamont's career being "due for rerating since, in addition to designing a proper framework for monetary policy , he took most of the tough decisions on spending and tax

 

Ioan Gruffudd - In 2009, he starred alongside Josh Brolin in "W.", a biopic about the life of U.S. President George W Bush, in which Gruffudd played Tony Blair


2010

Testifying before the Iraq Inquiry on 29 January 2010, Blair said Saddam was a "monster and I believe he threatened not just the region but the world. add something

 

In March 2010, it was reported that Blair's memoirs, titled The Journey, would be published in September 2010. add something

 

On 13 September 2010, Blair was awarded the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. add something

 

Dennis Quaid - He portrayed U.S. President Bill Clinton, alongside Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Hope Davis as Hillary Clinton, in the 2010 film "The Special Relationship"

 

Roman Polanski - The Ghost Writer, a thriller focusing on a ghostwriter working on the memoirs of a character based loosely on former British prime minister Tony Blair, swept the European Film Awards in 2010, winning six awards, including best movie, director, actor and screenplay.


2011

tional law professor Francis Boyle, does not have powers to apprehend the pair, but issued an order for the findings to be reported to the International Criminal Court. add something

 

According to an episode of the investigative documentary series "Dispatches,", broadcast on the UK's Channel 4 in September 2011, Blair has used his Quartet role to gain introductions and proximity to Arab leaders, with whom he signed private consulting contracts for Tony Blair Associates add something

 

On November 2011, a mock war-crimes tribunal put together by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission reached a unanimous conclusion that Tony Blair and George W. Bush are guilty of crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and genocide as a result of their roles in the 2003 Iraq War. The mock trial, which lasted 4 days, consisting of 5 judges of judicial and academic backgrounds, a court-appointed defence team in lieu of the defendants or representatives, and a prosecution team including international law professor Francis Boyle add something

 

William Hague - In June 2011 Hague dismissed Tony Blair's vision for an elected head of the European Union by insisting that member states have more pressing priorities than further "constitutional tinkering"

 

Rupert Murdoch - It was revealed in September 2011 that Tony Blair is Grace's godfather


2012

A Freedom of Information request by "The Sunday Times" in 2012 revealed that Blair's government considered knighting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad add something

 

Blair appeared before the Leveson Inquiry on Monday 28 May 2012 add something

 

In September 2012, Bishop Desmond Tutu suggested that Blair should follow the path of former African leaders who had been brought before the International Criminal Court in the Hague add something

 

In September 2012, Blair negotiated a new advisory contract with Kazakhstan that will increase the total fee for working with the regime to £16m add something

 

For example, a Kazak newspaper, Respublika, published an open letter from opposition activists, in which they said that Blair would have "blood on his hands" if did not stop assisting President Nursultan Nazarbayev; the paper has been closed as of December 2012 by Nazarbayev add something

 

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi - At the time, Weinerman publically denied having any contact whatsoever with Saif al-Islam, but she has since admitted it, and in September 2012, she asked former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to intervene in his trial in order to spare his life

 

Desmond Tutu - In September 2012, Tutu called for George Bush and Tony Blair to be tried for their role in the conflict by the International Criminal Court and that they should be made to answer for their actions

 

Peter Mandelson - In November 2012, in an interview with Esquire magazine Mandelson said it was a mistake by Tony Blair to send Britain to the war in Iraq


2013

The Kazakh dicator praised Blair and others in June 2013 for helping to improve his country's image add something


2014

A letter obtained by "The Daily Telegraph" in August 2014 revealed Blair had given damage-limitation advice to Nazarbayev after the December 2011 Zhanaozen massacre add something


2015

In an October 2015 CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria, Blair apologised for his 'mistakes' over Iraq War and admitted there were 'elements of truth' to the view that the invasion helped promote the rise of ISIS add something


2016

Iraq War - The Chilcot Inquiry report of 2016 gave a damning assessment of Blair's role in the Iraq War, though the former prime minister again refused to apologise for his decision to back the US-led invasion add something

 

The Chilcot report after the conclusion of the Iraq Inquiry was issued on 6 July 2016 and it criticized Blair for joining the US in the war in Iraq in 2003 add something

 

His first grandchild was born in October 2016 add something

 

In December 2016 Blair created the Tony_Blair (Category:Tony_Blair) Institute to promote global outlooks by governments and organisations add something


2017

In July 2017, former Iraqi general Abdulwaheed al-Rabbat launched a case, in the High Court in London, calling for Tony_Blair (Category:Tony_Blair), former foreign secretary Jack Straw and former attorney general Lord Goldsmith to be prosecuted for "the crime of aggression" add something