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  • Name: Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
  • Born: 6 May 1953 in Edinburgh
  • Son of Leo Charles Lynton Blair and Hazel Blair
  • Educated Durham Choristers School, Fettes College, Edinburgh; St John's College, Oxford
  • Worst subject at school: Science
  • At University Tony Blair became lead singer of Ugly Rumours
  • Joined Labour Party in 1975
  • Called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, 1976
  • Married 1980, Cherie Booth
  • Four children. The youngest, Leo, was the first child born to a serving Prime Minister in over 150 years.
  • In May 1982 came third when running for Beaconsfield (10% of the vote)
  • In June 1983 Tony Blair was elected MP for Sedgefield
  • Assistant Spokesman on Treasury 1984-87
  • Deputy Spokesman on Trade & Industry 1987
  • Columnist in The Times 1987-88
  • Tony Blair was elected to the Shadow Cabinet in October 1988
  • He was elected to the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party in September 1992
  • Following the 1992 election Tony Blair became Shadow Home Secretary
  • Following the death of John Smith, Blair was elected to the leadership of the Labour Party in July 1994
  • The Labour Party won the 1997 General Election by a landslide, after 18 years in Opposition. At 43, Tony Blair became the youngest Prime Minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812.
  • The Labour Party and Tony Blair were re-elected 2001
  • With the 2005 general election, Tony Blair led the Labour Party to its third consecutive victory. The first time Labour had achieved this.
  • On 7 September 2006, Tony Blair announced that he would step down from being Prime Minister within a year.
  • On 10 May 2007, Tony Blair announced that he will stand down as Prime Minister on 27 June.
  • On 27 June 2007, Tony Blair resigned and Gordon Brown took over as Prime Minister. On the same day, Blair announced that he was standing down as an M.P. and would become a Middle East envoy working on behalf of the US, Russia, the UN and the EU.
  • Clubs: Trindon Colliery and Deaf Hill Working Men's, Constituency Labour (Trindon); Fishburn Working Men's
  • Nickname: Bambi
  • Tony Blair gained his passion for political biography from Isaac Deutscher's Trotsky trilogy
  • In 2010 Tony Blair published his autobiography entitled A Journey.



William James Lynton Blair QC, Tony's brother was a consultant with the World Bank and IMF from 1991.

Cherie Booth's hobbies were listed in Who's Who as "theatre, the arts, keeping fit, enjoying my children"; Tony Blair, in his entry did not list his hobbies, but according to Peter Mandelson and Roger Liddle(The Blair Revolution):"When Blair is not working ...he is busy playing with his children and keeping up with their school and leisure activities. Swimming after Church on Sunday mornings is a regular event. His own leisure time is spent reading (mainly literary classics and biographies) and watching thrillers, playing tennis and playing his guitar."

On July 6, 2016, the Chilcot Report was published. It found that Tony Blair overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, sent ill-prepared troops into war and had "wholly inadequate" plans for the aftermath. Tony Blair then expressed "more sorrow, regret and apology" than people could ever know.
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