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Statement on interns at the Office of Tony Blair

 

Following some recent media coverage on the intern programme at the Office of Tony Blair, a spokesperson for the organisation said: 
“Over the past 5 years the Office of Tony Blair has had a small number of voluntary interns gaining work experience in the organisation. The vast majority came to us at their request, unadvertised, for voluntary work.  Of those, a number have since become full-time paid employees with us.  We have also always acted on legal advice in respect of any intern.
 
“Nonetheless from now on, if we do have interns for an extended period, i.e. around 3 months, we will pay them the National Minimum Wage."

On its intern programme, a spokesperson for the Office of Tony Blair said:

“Over the past 5 years the Office of Tony Blair has had a small number of voluntary interns gaining work experience in the organisation. The vast majority came to us at their request, unadvertised, for voluntary work. Of those, a number have since become full-time paid employees with us. We have also always acted on legal advice in respect of any intern.

“Nonetheless from now on, if we do have interns for an extended period, i.e. around 3 months, we will pay them the National Minimum Wage.

"Two of the charities do have voluntary intern programmes. As independent charities they pay expenses.”