Tony Blair

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The Right Honourable
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
2 May 1997 – 27 June 2007
DeputyJohn Prescott
Preceded bySir John Major
Succeeded byGordon Brown
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
21 July 1994 – 24 June 2007
DeputyJohn Prescott
Preceded byMargaret Beckett
Succeeded byGordon Brown
Personal details
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

(1953-05-06) 6 May 1953 (age 65)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Cherie Booth
(m. 1980–present)
RelationsLeo Blair (father, dead)
William Blair (brother)
Tony Booth (father-in-law)
Lauren Booth (half-sister-in-law)
ChildrenEuan, Nicky, Kathryn, Leo
ResidenceConnaught Square, London
EducationBachelor of Arts
Alma materUniversity of Oxford

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[change | change source]

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

Career[change | change source]

Blair was a lawyer before becoming a politician. He was MP for Sedgefield from 1983-2007.

As Prime Minister[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

  1. "The Best Bits in the Blair Years - TimesOnline". Retrieved 2009-12-5. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "History of the Labour Party".
  3. "The Secret of His Success? A Pair of Lucky Brogues - TimesOnline". Retrieved 2009-12-5. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)