Tony Blair's father, Leo, dies at 89

Tony Blair's father, Leo, dies at 89

LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Leo Blair, the Conservative politician who sired British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has died. He was 89.

Guinea sparks showdown over mineral riches

CONAKRY, Guinea, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The head of the Treasury in the Guinea has been assassinated amid a looming showdown over the West African country's fabled mineral riches.

Bishop Welby: Christians can 'do God'

DURHAM, England, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Bishop Justin Welby, recently named head of the Church of England, urged Christians in public life to be open about their faith.

Is Britain leading Europe?

ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's German government has reportedly decided that it will do what is required to keep Greece in the euro but are giving up on keeping Britain the European Union.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Annan: Blair could have prevented Iraq War

Annan: Blair could have prevented Iraq War

LONDON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says former British Prime Minister Tony Blair could have averted the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Punitive damages dropped in phone hacking

LONDON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Victims of phone hacking by the British tabloid News of the World have dropped their effort to get exemplary damages, their lawyers said Thursday.
'Late Show with David Cameron?'

'Late Show with David Cameron?'

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- David Cameron will be the first sitting British prime minister to be a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York, CBS announced Monday.

Blair says Taliban won't return

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed doubt Monday Taliban forces in Afghanistan would return to power when U.S.-led forces leave.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.
By United Press International

Blair bust planned for Parliament

LONDON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Tony Blair will join other British prime ministers with a bust of himself in Parliament's Members' Lobby, government documents say.

Tutu withdraws from summit in protest

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu withdrew from attending a conference in South Africa to protest the attendance of Tony Blair, he said Wednesday.
The return of euro crisis

The return of euro crisis

PARIS, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Vacation and the Olympic period in Europe is ending the officials are returning to work to find the euro crisis hasn't gone away.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Blair worried U.K. could exit EU

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he is "deeply worried" that the British people could vote to leave the European Union if a referendum is held.
Romney Olympics dig annoys British PM

Romney Olympics dig annoys British PM

LONDON, July 26 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney came in for stern criticism for suggesting Thursday London is not ready for the Olympics but said the day "has been marvelous for us."
Romney camp denies 'Anglo-Saxon' comment

Romney camp denies 'Anglo-Saxon' comment

LONDON, July 25 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney's campaign Wednesday denied that one of his aides said Romney would restore an "Anglo-Saxon" touch to U.S.-British relations.
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Tony Blair
Former British Prime Minister and Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair speaks at the second annual global Facing Tomorrow Conference in Jerusalem on October 20, 2009. UPI/Gali Tibbon/Pool

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a former British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to 27 June 2007. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He resigned from all of these positions in June 2007.

Blair was elected Leader of the Labour Party in the leadership election of July 1994, following the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith. Under his leadership, the party adopted the term "New Labour" and moved away from its traditional left wing position towards the centre ground. Blair subsequently led Labour to a landslide victory in the 1997 general election. At 43 years old, he became the youngest Prime Minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812. In the first years of the New Labour government, Blair's government implemented a number of 1997 manifesto pledges, introducing the minimum wage, Human Rights Act and Freedom of Information Act, and carrying out devolution, establishing the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Blair's role as Prime Minister was particularly visible in foreign and security policy, including in Northern Ireland, where he was involved in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. From the start of the War on Terror in 2001, Blair strongly supported the foreign policy of US President George W. Bush, notably by participating in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and 2003 invasion of Iraq. Blair is the Labour Party's longest-serving Prime Minister, the only person to have led the Labour Party to three consecutive general election victories, and the only Labour Prime Minister to serve consecutive terms more than one of which was at least four years long.

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