Tony Blair


Tony Blair
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Personal details
Born
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

(1953-05-06) 6 May 1953 (age 66)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Children4
ParentsLeo Blair (father)
Education
Alma mater
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n.b. ^ Electorate abolished on 28 February 1974 and reconstituted on 8 June 1983 Template:Xref

Anthony Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a former Labour Party Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was Prime Minister from May 1997 until June 2007 and was succeeded by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown.

He is married to Cherie Booth. Cherie Blair is a lawyer, who graduated from the London School of Economics with a first class honours degree. Blair himself left Oxford University with a second class degree. They have four children, Euan, Nicky, Kathryn, and Leo. There was a controversy over Blair sending his eldest son Euan to a grant-maintained school. As a result of this, Alastair Campbell discovered Blair "standing stark naked reading the Daily Mail"[1]

Early life

Blair was born in Edinburgh on 6 May 1953. He was the second son of Leo and Hazel Blair. Blair joined the Labour Party in 1975.

Career

Blair was a lawyer before becoming a politician. He was member of parliament for Sedgefield from 1983-2007.

As Prime Minister

As leader of the Labour party, he won three general elections in the UK, in 1997, 2001 and 2005. Blair was the first leader of the United Kingdom Labour Party to win 3 general elections in a row.[2]

He attributes his success in politics to a pair of lucky brogues which he wore for every single Prime Minister's Questions of his leadership. He claimed that "cheap shoes are a false economy".[3]

After-PM

On the day of his resignation from premiership, Blair was appointed special envoy for the quartet of the Middle East. He is currently the Chairman of the Commission for Africa.

References

  1. "The Best Bits in the Blair Years - TimesOnline". Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  2. "History of the Labour Party".
  3. "The Secret of His Success? A Pair of Lucky Brogues - TimesOnline". Retrieved 5 December 2009.