Obama's schedule for Monday, Oct. 31

Obama's schedule for Monday, Oct. 31

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- President Obama meets with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair Monday, the White House said.

London lays out anti-torture policy

LONDON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The British government rolled out policies aimed at preventing torture, which it said deprives people of human dignity and leads to radicalization.
Mideast Quartet seeks to restart peace talks

Mideast Quartet seeks to restart peace talks

JERUSALEM, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Negotiators from the Mideast Quartet are trying to restart stalled peace negotiations by meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli and Palestinian representatives.

France's next leader?

PARIS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be looking over his shoulder at Francois Hollande, the man with the best chance to replace him in next year's elections.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Cameron calls for reinvention

MANCHESTER, England, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Prime Minister David Cameron, in a speech to the Conservative Party conference, called on Britain to be tough but offered few specifics on economic recovery.
Blair defends his post as Mideast envoy

Blair defends his post as Mideast envoy

LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended his "jet set" lifestyle and his role as Middle East envoy.

Palestinians said to want Blair out

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Tony Blair is biased toward Israel and should be removed as envoy for the so-called Quartet of Middle East peace brokers, Palestinian officials say.
Report: Blair made 6 trips to see Gadhafi

Report: Blair made 6 trips to see Gadhafi

LONDON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- After leaving office, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair held six meetings with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Zuma reopens probe into murky arms deal

PRETORIA, South Africa, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- South Africa's government has reopened a potentially explosive corruption investigation into a $4.8 billion arms deal in 1999 in which President Jacob Zuma, fighting for his political survival in a leadership battle, has been implicated.

Palestinians' U.N. bid draws reaction

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Israeli, Palestinian and officials from other nations say they hope to avoid conflict as the Palestinians' leader seeks U.N. recognition of a Palestine state.

British government may change under new PM

LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- The Liberal Democratic Party has called on Gordon Brown to move to reform Britain's government when he becomes the prime minister later this month. Sir Menzies Campbell, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, recently asked Brown to introduce politic

Briton says global warning may up hunger

LONDON, April 14 (UPI) -- Britain's top government scientist warns current global warming will raise temperatures enough to put 400 million more people at risk of hunger.

Many British bars may extend hours

LONDON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A still-not-released British government report says two-thirds of bars and clubs expect to stay open past 11 p.m. -- far more than government estimates.

Britain's drinking raising crime levels

LONDON, March 14 (UPI) -- Alcohol drinking is making it almost impossible to enforce the law in cities in Britain, according to a government report leaked to the the Sunday Times.

Bush lobbying Iraq war critics

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush will personally lobby his most vocal war critics when he presents his case for rebuilding Iraq at the United Nations this week.
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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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