Tony Blair

former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Anthony Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair (born May 6, 1953) is a former Labour Party Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was Prime Minister from May 2, 1997 until June 27, 2007 and was succeeded by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown.


Tony Blair
Tony Blair (2010).jpg
Tony Blair in 2010.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
May 2, 1997 – June 27, 2007
MonarchElizabeth II
DeputyJohn Prescott
Preceded byJohn Major
Succeeded byGordon Brown
Leader of the Opposition
In office
July 21, 1994 – May 2, 1997
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byMargaret Beckett
Succeeded byJohn Major
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
July 21, 1994 – June 24, 2007
DeputyJohn Prescott
General Sec.
Chair
Preceded byJohn Smith
Succeeded byGordon Brown
Shadow Cabinet positions
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
July 24, 1992 – October 24, 1994
Leader
Shadowing
Preceded byRoy Hattersley
Succeeded byJack Straw
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment
In office
November 2, 1989 – July 24, 1992
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Shadowing
Preceded byMichael Meacher
Succeeded byFrank Dobson
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy
In office
November 23, 1988 – November 2, 1989
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Shadowing
Preceded byJohn Prescott
Succeeded byFrank Dobson
Shadow Minister for Trade
In office
July 13, 1987 – November 23, 1988
LeaderNeil Kinnock
ShadowingAlan Clark
Preceded byBryan Gould
Succeeded byRobin Cook
Member of Parliament
for Sedgefield
In office
June 9, 1983 – June 27, 2007
Preceded byConstituency created[nb]
Succeeded byPhil Wilson
Personal details
Born
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

(1953-05-06) May 6, 1953 (age 66)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Cherie Booth (m. 1980)
Children4
ParentsLeo Blair (father)
Education
Alma mater
Websitewww.tonyblairoffice.org
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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 lifeEdit

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

CareerEdit

Blair was a lawyer before becoming a politician. He was member of parliament for Sedgefield from 1983-2007.

As Prime MinisterEdit

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-PMEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Best Bits in the Blair Years - TimesOnline". Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  2. "History of the Labour Party".
  3. "The Secret of His Success? A Pair of Lucky Brogues - TimesOnline". Retrieved 5 December 2009.