Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007, the only Labour leader in the party’s 100 year history to win three consecutive elections. During his time in office, the UK economy enjoyed record growth. His Government made major improvements in Britain’s public services, particularly healthcare and education, through a programme of investment and reform. Britain’s first ever statutory minimum wage was introduced. The Prime Minister led the successful London 2012 Olympics bid; and oversaw the peace process for Northern Ireland. He introduced the first elected Mayor for London, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly.
He was a staunch advocate of an interventionist foreign policy, in particular in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. He trebled the UK’s aid programme for Africa and introduced the first environmental programme in the UK to combat climate change.
Since leaving office Tony Blair has spent most of his time on work in the Middle East, in Africa and on the fight against religiously based extremism. In the Middle East, formerly the Quartet Representative, he is now specifically focusing on building relations between Arabs and Israelis. He works in eight African countries – Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mozambique – through his Foundation the Africa Governance Initiative, helping the Presidents of those countries to deliver change programmes.
He has established a Foundation to combat extremism – the Tony Blair Faith Foundation – which works in over 20 countries with programmes on education and tracking extremism across the world.
He also founded and funds a Sports Foundation dedicated to boosting grassroots sport for young people in the North East of England, which includes the Sedgefield constituency he represented in Parliament.
Mr Blair chairs The Climate Group International Leadership council.
1. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52.
2. Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.
3. Biggest hospital and school building programme since the foundation of the welfare state.
4. 1500 failed schools turned around.
5. Academy Revolution started. By mid-2007, the UK was on course for 400 academies.
6. Inpatient waiting lists down by over half a million since 1997.
7. Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.
8. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.
9. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.
10. Funding for every pupil in England has doubled.
11. Secured the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for London.
12. Removed brutal regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
13. Interventions to defend human rights and rule of law in Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor and Sierra Leone.
14. Employment at its highest level ever.
15. Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries.
16. 85,000 more nurses and 32,000 more doctors.
17. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.
18. Maternity leave increased to 9 months.
19. Paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.
20. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.
21. Gift aid was worth £828 million to charities last year.
22. Record number of students in higher education.
23. Child benefit up 26 per cent since 1997.
24. Delivered 2,200 Sure Start Children’s Centres.
25. Low mortgage rates.
26. Bank of England Independence.
27. Introduced the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
28. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & up to £300 for over-80s.
29. Put the UK on course to exceed our Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
30. Restored devolved government to Northern Ireland.
31. Over 36,000 more teachers in England and 274,000 more support staff and teaching assistants.
32. Gave full time workers a right to 24 days paid holiday.
33. A million pensioners lifted out of poverty.
34. 600,000 children lifted out of relative poverty.
35. Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents.
36. Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships.
37. Brought over 1 million social homes up to standard.
38. Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since before the industrial revolution.
39. Free TV licences for over-75s.
40. Free breast cancer screening for all women aged 50-70.
41. Free off peak local bus travel for over-60s.
42. New Deal – helped over 1.8 million people into work.
43. Over 3 million child trust funds started.
44. Free eye test for over 60s.
45. More than doubled the number of apprenticeships.
46. Free entry to national museums and galleries.
47. Overseas aid budget more than doubled.
48. Heart disease deaths down by 150,000 and cancer deaths down by 50,000.
49. Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent.
50. Free nursery places for every three and four-year-olds.