Tony Blair

Tony Blair


5/6/1953, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, UK

Birth Name

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair



Also Known As

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, Minister for the Civil Service, First Lord of the Treasury, Tony Blair
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From 1997 to 2007, Tony Blair served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the First Lord of the Treasury. He is now an elected UN Peace Envoy for the Middle East, where it is hoped he will help solve the problem of peace in Isreal…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Even though he was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was raised in Durham.

    • In September 2004, Tony Blair underwent an operation to correct an irregular heartbeat.

    • At the Labor Party conference in 2002, Paul Rodgers, Tony Blair's favorite singer, performed.

    • In December 2007, he converted to Catholicism.

    • He is friends with Bill Clinton and Anthony Minghella.

    • He is of Scottish and Irish descent.

    • He has two siblings, a younger sister, Sarah, and an older brother, Bill.

    • Blair resigned as Prime Minister of the UK on June 27th 2007, after serving for ten years.

    • A fictional program, The Trial of Tony Blair aired in January 2007 in the UK. It is based on predictions of what will become of the Prime Minister when he stands down. The program focuses on a potential trial for war crimes at the Hague and stars Robert Lindsay as Blair.

    • Blair has used his final New Year's speech to urge his followers to keep the New Labour spirit alive past his departure, as it is the only way for Labour to build a healthy future in power. This is seen by some as a snub in the face of Gordon Brown, a traditionalist Old Labour man.

    • Tony Blair's Christmas holiday has joined many of his previous vacation breaks in becoming the subject of bitter criticism after it was discovered that the Blairs are staying in the American home of a Bee Gee's band member, possibly for free. Previous financial arrangements for the Blairs' holidays have been dubious at best and the 2006 winter holiday is no different.

    • Blair has been accused of attempting to 'bury bad news' in the week of the publication of an inquiry into Princess Diana's death; on the same day the report came out, Mr. Blair opted to talk to police in relation to the 'cash for honours' investigation and announce several controversial new policies including one concerning a change in the existing IVF rules.

    • After being questioned by police as a witness to the 'cash for honours' scandal that has been haunting Parliament's two main political parties, Tony Blair has become the first ever British prime minister to be questioned by police in a criminal investigation. Other significant Labour and Conservative figures have also talked to the police, but Mr. Blair is the highest-ranking witness thus far.

    • For the 2006 family Christmas card, the Blairs have settled on a sober photo of husband and wife, standing on the stairs of number 10, surrounded by the portraits of past British Prime Ministers. There have been suggestions that this is symbolic of Blair's upcoming departure, when his own photo will join those of past leaders.

    • Blair is the first Labour leader to win three consecutive elections.

    • Blair's father, a lawyer, was active in the Conservative Party, meaning that Blair chose a different route from the right-wing one of his family.

    • In his Oxford days, Blair also gained a reputation for being both a noteable athlete and a good actor.

    • Blair has won a reputation as helping to build peace in Ireland. His famous 1997 meeting with Gerry Adams, after being elected as Prime Minister, was the first meeting between a British prime minister and a Sinn Fein leader in 76 years. In 2007, devolution was restored to Northern Ireland as powerhsaring began between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party, with an end to the UVF.

    • Blair is the youngest British Prime Minister for almost 200 years, despite being over forty when elected.

    • Blair's total monetary expenses, claimed from the state, amounted to £93,996 in the year 2004 into 2005. This made him the state's 637th most expensive MP (out of 659).

    • It has been calculated that Blair has used three-word alliterative phrases thousands of times in debate. This is important as alliteration is a known form of persuasion, and Blair, as Prime Minister, uses it far more so than his fellow MPs.

    • It is often said by critics that the only reason Blair joined Labour was because of his wife, Cherie; had he not met her he would have just as easily joined the Conservative Party.

    • In his teenage years, Blair played in a rock band.

    • Blair once claimed "Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war". This is rather ironic as he has used the royal perogative to head many wars whilst in power.

    • Tony Blair's leadership era has been dubbed "Thatcherism with a Human Face" by critics.

    • Tony Blair is responsible for the destruction of clause IV, the traditional Labour socialist law. In getting rid of it, he changed the party politics dramatically.

    • Blair is fluent in French.

    • Tony is 6 feet or 1.83 meters tall.

    • Blair's Astrological sign is Taurus.

    • Blair joined the Labour Party in 1975.

    • Tony and his wife have three sons, Euan, Nicky, and Leo and one daughter Kathryn.

    • Blair married Cherie Booth on March 29, 1980. Cherie Booth is a lawyer.

    • Blair attended St John's College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford.

    • Blair was the Labour Party's longest-serving Prime Minister, serving from 1997 to 2007.

  • Quotes

    • Tony Blair: Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.

    • Tony Blair: I am a passionate pro-European. I always have been.

    • Tony Blair: Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile.

    • Tony Blair (On Margaret Thatcher's leadership style): The product of an unchecked and unbalanced mind who came to confuse the notion of knowing your own mind with refusing to listen to anyone else.

    • Tony Blair: In the end, the country has got to look at me and decide whether the person they believed in is the same person they've got now.

    • Tony Blair: Every so often, I feel I should graduate to classical music, properly. But the truth is, I'm more likely to listen to rock music.

    • Tony Blair: The fundamentals of the US, British and European economies are strong.

    • Tony Blair: A middle-aged mother looks you in the eye and tells you that her only son has died and asks you why, and I tell you you do not feel like the most powerful man in the country at times like that. Because there is no answer, there is no justification.

    • Tony Blair: In retrospect, the millennium marked a moment in time, but it was the events of 11th September, that marked a turning point in history. It was a tragedy, an act of evil. From this nation goes our deepest sympathy and prayers for the victims and our profound solidarity with the American people. We were with you at the first - we will stay with you to the last.

    • Tony Blair: When Europe and America stand together the world is a better and more prosperous place.

    • Tony: (His last words in the House of Commons) I wish everyone — friend or foe — well. And that is that. The end.

    • Tony Blair (closing departure statement): I have been very lucky and very blessed and this country is a blessed nation...this is the greatest nation on Earth...So it has been an honour to serve it, I give my thanks to you, the British people...and my appoligies for things that have fallen short. Good Luck.

    • Tony Blair: I do not seek unpopularity as a badge of honor, but sometimes it is the price of leadership and the cost of conviction.

    • Tony Blair: When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated, when they seek to change our country, our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed. When they try to divide our people or weaken our resolve, we will not be divided and our resolve will hold firm. We will show by our spirit and dignity and by a quiet and true strength that there is in the British people that our values will long outlast theirs. The purpose of terrorism is just that. It is to terrorize people, and we will not be terrorized. This is a very sad day for the British people but we will hold true to the British way of life.

    • Tony Blair: Look, I'm a person, an individual with a character and part of my character is about what I believe in and part of my beliefs obviously is a religious conviction. I simply hesitate whenever I get drawn into this territory because I have found, over time, that it either leads to people misunderstanding the basis upon which you are taking decisions or it leads to people trying to colonise God or religion for one particular political position. I make no claims to that at all.

    • Tony Blair: The only society that works today is also one founded on mutual respect, on a recognition that we have a responsibility collectively and individually, to help each other on the basis of each other's equal worth. A selfish society is a contradiction in terms.

    • Tony Blair: Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.

    • Tony Blair: Ask me my three priorities for Government, and I tell you: education, education and education.

    • Tony Blair: This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism.

    • Tony Blair: I am absolutely confident that the mechanisms for judging my fallibility are infallible.

    • Tony Blair: Do I know I'm right? Judgements aren't the same as facts. Instinct is not science. I'm like any other human being, as fallible and as capable of being wrong. I only know what I believe.

    • Tony Blair: At the heart of my politics has always been the value of community, the belief that we are not merely individuals struggling in isolation from each other, but members of a community who depend on each other, who benefit from each other's help, who owe obligations to each other. From that everything stems: solidarity, social justice, equality, freedom.

    • Tony Blair: I have actually always said that politicians are entitled to their private lives.

    • Tony Blair: The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.

    • Tony Blair: You only require two things in life: your sanity and your wife.

    • Tony Blair: Just after the election, an old colleague of mine said: 'Come on Tony, now we've won again can't we drop all this New Labour and do what we believe in?'. "I said: 'It's worse than you think. I really do believe in it.

    • Tony Blair: The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge, but all economies know that the only sensible long term way of developing is to do it on a sustainable basis.

    • Tony Blair: We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.

    • Tony Blair: This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today.

    • Tony Blair: It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it's an irresponsible government that fails to choose.

    • Tony Blair: Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.

    • Tony Blair: So much of politics is about the daily grind of political business: the people to see, the myriad different facets of government, the remorseless agenda of this part of the media or that.

    • Tony Blair: I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.

    • Tony Blair: I'm not prepared to have someone tell me there is only one view of what Europe is. Europe isn't owned by any of them, Europe is owned by all of us.

    • Tony Blair: Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war.

    • Tony Blair: I can only go one way. I've not got a reverse gear.

    • Tony Blair: Ideals survive through change. They die through inertia in the face of challenge.

    • Tony Blair: Our Party. New Labour. Our Mission. New Britain. New Britain. New Labour. New Britain. New Britain.