Biography

Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007).

Tony Blair continues to be active in public life. He has many interests, not least his current role in the Middle East, which takes up the largest proportion of his time. Since leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the United States of America, United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace. 

He has launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to promote respect and understanding of and between the major religions and to make the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world. The foundation creates opportunities for people of all faiths and none to come together to learn directly from each other and to take joint action on shared humanitarian goals.

The 'Faiths Act' programme empowers, supports and trains young people to take multi-faith action against extreme poverty in support of the Millennium Development Goals, providing an alternative to those who try to use faith as a means to divide. 'Face to Faith' is a global education project for students aged 11-16. Students learn directly from each other through working on joint projects, video-conference exchanges and an online community. The 'Faith and Globalisation Initiative' is a global network of leading universities, examining the role of faith in the modern world.

The Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative helps some of Africa's most dynamic leaders deliver the change their people need to relieve poverty. Renewing Tony Blair's commitment to Africa, the Africa Governance Initiative currently operates in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and South Sudan advising each of the country’s Presidents with a team of AGI’s staff working full-time at the centre of all five governments. By combining Tony Blair's unique experience as a leader and reformer, his personal relationships with African leaders, and in-country teams of experts, the Africa Governance Initiative is helping to build the capacity of partners to tackle poverty and attract investment sustainably.

Having been the first major head of government to bring climate change to the top of the international political agenda at the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005, Mr. Blair is now leading the Breaking the Climate Deadlock Initiative, through which he is working with world leaders to bring consensus on a new and comprehensive international climate policy framework.

In recognition of his debt to the North East, he has also launched the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, which will increase participation in sport by young people, particularly those who are currently socially excluded - by inspiring more adults to become trained coaches; by providing access to high quality nationally-accredited training for those we recruit; and by helping to match coaches with the schools and sports clubs which need them. The foundation is working to ensuring a sporting legacy in the North East for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games which Mr Blair helped to bring to the United Kingdom.

50 Achievements of the Labour Party in government under Prime Minister Tony Blair

1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.

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.