A Save the Children decision to give former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair an award for his anti-poverty work is criticised by some charity workers. born 1985, age 32 with Cherie Blair. In 1999, she was appointed a recorder (a permanent part-time judge) in the County Court and Crown Court. Blair defeated John Prescott and Margaret Beckett in the subsequent leadership election and became Leader of the Opposition. 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. He was the leader of the ‘Labour Party’ from 1994 to 2007.  Under Blair's government the amount of new legislation increased which attracted criticism. He supported moving the party to the centre of British politics in an attempt to help it win power (it had been out of government since 1979). , The Kosovo War, which Blair had advocated on moral grounds, was initially a failure when it relied solely on air strikes; the threat of a ground offensive convinced Serbia's Slobodan Milošević to withdraw. , There is some evidence that Blair's long term dominance of the centre forced his Conservative opponents to shift a long distance to the left to challenge his hegemony there. Nasheed, who served from 2008 to 2012 as his country's first democratically elected leader, is seeing out a 13-year prison sentence after a widely criticised trial. , At a special party conference in Manchester on 24 June 2007, Blair formally handed over the leadership of the Labour Party to Gordon Brown, who had been Chancellor of the Exchequer in Blair's three ministries. On 27 June 2007, Blair officially resigned as Prime Minister after ten years in office, and he was officially confirmed as Middle East envoy for the United Nations, European Union, United States, and Russia. Blair argued that the Saddam Hussein regime possessed an active weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program, but no stockpiles of WMDs or an active WMD program were ever found in Iraq. He championed multiculturalism and, between 1997 and 2007, immigration rose considerably, especially after his government welcomed immigration from the new EU member states in 2004. Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. Tony Blair has responded to criticism of His plans by arguing that Britain's pedophile reserve should be "relocated to the new hold still from their current positions as PE teachers, Welsh children's home orderlies, and Catholic ministers. He was Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007. Interviewed about the book by Carole MacNeil on the Canadian network CBC Television on 1 June 2008, Blair stated that she felt most of the controversy about her in the British media was due to her pioneering role as the first wife of a British Prime Minister who had her own career, with the media simply not knowing how to treat her fairly and objectively.. LONDON: Former British Premier Tony Blair has landed into a controversy for allegedly using some 400,000 pounds received from a fund for disadvantaged children to set up an office in a five-star hotel in West Asia, a report said. I will take full responsibility for any mistakes without exception or excuse. , Blair established Tony Blair Associates to "allow him to provide, in partnership with others, strategic advice on a commercial and pro bono basis, on political and economic trends and governmental reform". Blair also features as a character in Chris Bush and Ian McCluskey's production TONY! The former PM has since become known as …  This change made it easier for UK residents to bring foreign spouses into the country. In 2001 Britain joined the U.S. in the global war on terror. , Blair made an animated cameo appearance as himself in The Simpsons episode, "The Regina Monologues" (2003). She obtained a pupillage in the chambers of Derry Irvine ahead of him, although he was also taken on. , Blair has been noted as a charismatic, articulate speaker with an informal style. Blair's initial inquiries discovered that the left was trying to arrange the selection for Les Huckfield, sitting MP for Nuneaton who was trying elsewhere; several sitting MPs displaced by boundary changes were also interested in it.  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. The couple have been fiercely protective of the young ones' privacy and that is likely to extend to the new baby. , In 1994, Blair forged close ties with Michael Levy, a leader of the Jewish Leadership Council.  Blair has been a longtime member of the pro-Israel lobby group Labour Friends of Israel. The book is a compilation history of the lives of spouses of British Prime Ministers for most of the second half of the 20th century. The court heard that Miah had been to a mosque shortly before he broke a man's jaw following a row in a bank queue. , In 2014, Vanity Fair and The Economist published allegations that Blair had had an extramarital affair with Wendi Deng, who was then married to Rupert Murdoch. " In 2013, South African President Thabo Mbeki said that Blair had pressured South Africa to join in a "regime change scheme, even to the point of using military force" in Zimbabwe. Nicky Blair. , John Smith died suddenly in 1994 of a heart attack.  In 2009, Blair urged the Catholic Church to reconsider its hardline stance against contraception, suggesting it could be holding some women back from pursuing a career. Blair co-authored, with Cate Haste, the 2004 book The Goldfish Bowl: Married to the Prime Minister. , She is a practising Roman Catholic. , Blair has appeared in a number of leading cases. Blair, the leader of the modernising faction, had an entirely different vision, arguing that the long-term trends had to be reversed. , A longer exploration of his faith can be found in an interview with Third Way Magazine.  He was the second son of Leo and Hazel (née Corscadden) Blair. , Aided by the unpopularity of John Major's Conservative government (itself deeply divided over the European Union), "New Labour" won a landslide victory at the 1997 general election, ending eighteen years of Conservative Party rule, with the heaviest Conservative defeat since 1906. , In January 2000, Blair avoided paying her train fare on a Thameslink train from London to Luton and was fined £10 plus the fare due.  When Kinnock resigned after a fourth consecutive Conservative victory in the 1992 general election, Blair became Shadow Home Secretary under John Smith. Little is known about Tony and Cherie Blairs' three older children, and the family likes it that way. The documents showed Blair was willing to appear alongside Assad at a joint press conference even though the Syrians would probably have settled for a farewell handshake for the cameras; British officials sought to manipulate the media to portray Assad in a favourable light; and Blair's aides tried to help Assad's "photogenic" wife boost her profile. , His contribution towards assisting the Northern Ireland peace process by helping to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement (after 30 years of conflict) was widely recognised. TONY Blair was the youngest Prime Minister in a century when he swept to victory at the dawn of the "Cool Britannia" era.  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.  In a statement made in response to Tutu's comments, Blair defended his actions. Where it is seeking influence, it should be countered.  In July 2010 it was announced the memoirs would be retitled A Journey. The rapidly growing middle-class was largely ignored, especially the more ambitious working-class families. He said, however, "I think it's fair to say a lot of political leaders in Europe are dismayed by what they see as the isolationism growing in America and the seeming indifference to alliances. , Cherie Blair's friend and "spiritual guru" Carole Caplin is credited with introducing her and her husband to various New Age symbols and beliefs, including "magic pendants" known as "BioElectric Shields". Tony Blair. , In 2006 Blair was criticised for his failure to immediately call for a ceasefire in the 2006 Lebanon War. In the early 1980s, he was involved in Labour politics in Hackney South and Shoreditch, where he aligned himself with the "soft left" of the party. , 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. In his post-9/11 speech, for example, he stated that "America has no truer friend than Great Britain".  His father lectured in law at the University of Adelaide. ", According to Press Secretary Alastair Campbell's diary, Blair often read the Bible before taking any important decisions. In 1923, he returned to (and later died in) Ballyshannon, County Donegal. For other uses, see, For a chronological guide to this subject, see, Military intervention and the War on Terror, Politics that recognised individuals as socially interdependent, advocating. ", Blair criticised other governments for not doing enough to solve global climate change. " 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. He said teenage mums and problem families could be forced to take help to head off difficulties. Blair's father accepted a job as a lecturer at Durham University, and thus moved the family to Durham, England. British politician and Prime Minister Tony Blair represented a new era in Parliament and made major changes to the Labour Party along the way. So why does he want to become a Catholic? , Blair had an antagonistic relationship with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and allegedly planned regime change against Mugabe in the early 2000s. This was interpreted by some observers as special leniency given on account of the criminal's religiosity. The family returned to the United Kingdom in the summer of 1958.  The memoirs were seen by many as controversial and a further attempt to profit from his office and from acts related to overseas wars that were widely seen as wrong, leading to anger and suspicion prior to launch. Despite his electoral successes and reforms, he has also been criticised for his relationship with the media, centralisation of executive powers, and aspects of his social and economic policies.  It was presented by former President Bill Clinton, and is awarded annually to men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. Save the Children is trying to tamp down coverage and “contain” the damage from the award given to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair by its US arm. Tony Blair. , After taking office in 1997, Blair gave particular prominence to his press secretary, who became known as the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (the two roles have since been separated). in Jurisprudence. Calling on the slogan, "One member, one vote" John Smith (with limited input from Blair) secured an end to the trade union block vote for Westminster candidate selection at the 1993 conference. , In 2010, Blair spoke at WE Day, an event held by WE Charity as part of their ongoing effort to empower youth and encourage them to get involved in their communities. He was also portrayed by James Larkin in The Government Inspector (2005), and by Ioan Gruffudd in W. (2008). In 1997, the Labour Party won its largest landslide general election victory in its history.  Lord Avebury's initial October 2003 information request was dismissed by then leader of the Lords, Baroness Amos.  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.  Karake had allegedly done so because the workers knew about the Rwandan Patriotic Front killing Hutu civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, he declared himself "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" and oversaw increasing incarceration rates and new anti-social behaviour legislation, despite contradictory evidence about the change in crime rates. Tony Blair, who has four children including Euan, Nicky, Kathryn and Leo, is said to be delighted at becoming a grandfather. 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. Critics of his actions, including Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harold Pinter and Arundhati Roy have called for his trial at the International Criminal Court. On his resignation he was appointed Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East, a diplomatic post which he held until 2015. David Cameron mocks Tony Blair for his Save the Children 'Global Legacy' award. , Leo was the first child born to the wife of a serving British Prime Minister in over 150 years, since Rollo Russell was born to Lady Frances Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound and Lord John Russell on 11 July 1849.  At a special conference in April 1995, the clause was replaced by a statement that the party is "democratic socialist", and Blair also claimed to be a "democratic socialist" himself in the same year. , Blair had been on friendly terms with Colonel Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, when sanctions imposed on the country were lifted by the US and the UK. He was appointed to the party's frontbench in 1988 and became Shadow Home Secretary in 1992. For his part, Bush lauded Blair and the UK. After all, she effectively shielded scores of VIP pedophiles routinely victimizing her expendable care … There's too much mixing only with people [with] whom they agree. There was an Australian priest at the same college as me who got me interested again. " No details were given of the subjects discussed. Little is known about Tony and Cherie Blairs' three older children, and the family likes it that way. 'Education, Education, Education'. Bush. , Since his childhood, Tony Blair has been a fan of Newcastle United football team..  Mbeki refused because he felt that "Mugabe is part of the solution to this problem. in June 2019, Blair signed on as executive producer for Jerusalem-set drama The Rock Pile, a first try into TV series production for her.  Blair was forced to back down on these proposals because John Prescott and Gordon Brown opposed the PR system, and many members of the Shadow Cabinet were worried about concessions being made towards the Lib Dems. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, fresh from announcing initiatives on Tuesday to deal with problem parents and their unruly offspring, admitted smacking his older children. " Blair reportedly modelled himself on Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones.  The profits from the firm go towards supporting Blair's "work on faith, Africa and climate change". , As the casualties of the Iraq War mounted, Blair was accused of misleading Parliament, and his popularity dropped dramatically. , However, a perception of one-sided compromising personal and political closeness led to discussion of the term "Poodle-ism" in the UK media, to describe the "Special Relationship" of the UK government and Prime Minister with the US White House and President. The proceedings lasted for four days, and consisted of five judges of judicial and academic backgrounds, a tribunal-appointed defence team in lieu of the defendants or representatives, and a prosecution team including international law professor Francis Boyle. ", Blair appeared before the Leveson Inquiry on Monday 28 May 2012. After attending the independent school Fettes College, he studied law at St John's College, Oxford and became a barrister. In November 2011, a war crimes tribunal of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission, established by Malaysia's former and current Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, reached a unanimous conclusion that 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 Financial Times on the other hand has argued that Blair is not conservative, but instead a populist. , In 2001, Blair said, "We are a left of centre party, pursuing economic prosperity and social justice as partners and not as opposites".  He was supported by Lord Falconer, who stated that the war had been authorised by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441. He became Leader of the Opposition on his election as Labour Party leader in 1994, following the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith.  Blair reportedly indicated that he did not want the traditional knighthood or peerage bestowed on former prime ministers.  He also introduced tough anti-terrorism and identity card legislation. , Blair married Cherie Booth, a Roman Catholic, who would later become a Queen's Counsel, on 29 March 1980.  Palliser had been intended as an evacuation mission but Brigadier David Richards was able to convince Blair to allow him to expand the role; at the time, Richards' action was not known and Blair was assumed to be behind it. , He inherited the Labour leadership at a time when the party was ascendant over the Conservatives in the opinion polls, since the Conservative government's reputation for monetary excellence record was left in tatters by the Black Wednesday economic disaster of September 1992. , Her first grandchild (a girl) was born in October 2016.  The following year, the limited Operation Palliser in Sierra Leone swiftly swung the tide against the rebel forces; before deployment, the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone had been on the verge of collapse. When he discovered the Trimdon branch had not yet made a nomination, Blair visited them and won the support of the branch secretary John Burton, and with Burton's help was nominated by the branch. , Blair's links with, and receipt of an undisclosed sum from, UI Energy Corporation, have also been subject to media comment in the UK. Cherie Blair CBE QC (née Booth; born 23 September 1954) also known professionally as Cherie Booth, is a British barrister, lecturer, and writer. She toured the UK and took evidence from people affected by street crime and published a report and practical advice in June 2008. 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.  Blair publicly apologised for her embarrassing connection to Foster, stating "I did not think it was my business to choose my friends' friends". APA images. 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