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  • Ex-Defence Chief To Quit Gulf Keystone Board
    Ex-Defence Chief To Quit Gulf Keystone Board Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    A former chief of Britain's Defence Staff and adviser to Tony Blair during his premiership is to step down as a director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum, the latest in a string of boardroom changes at the company. Sky News has learnt that Lord Guthrie, who has sat on the Kurdistan-focused oil explorer for just under four years, has decided not to stand for re-election at next month's annual meeting. Lord Guthrie's departure from the board will come just weeks after Gulf Keystone attempted to draw a line under persistent rows with leading shareholders over its leadership by naming Jon Ferrier, a former Maersk Oil executive, as its new boss. More »

  • Tony Blair takes new role in fighting anti-Semitism Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's former prime minister, Tony Blair, is taking a new role in combatting anti-Semitism in Europe, days after stepping down as the international community's Mideast envoy. More »

  • Former PM Blair to take on role tackling racism and anti-Semitism
    Former PM Blair to take on role tackling racism and anti-Semitism Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Former prime minister Tony Blair has been appointed chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), a Brussels-based organisation dedicated to tackling racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe. Last week it was announced that Blair would be standing down from his role as Middle East envoy next month, after eight years struggling to advance peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. "Despite our best efforts to build a consensus around tolerance in Europe, we still see injustice, discrimination and hideous acts of violence on the continent," Blair, prime minister from 1997 to 2007, said in a statement. More »

  • Blair to fight anti-Semitism
    Blair to fight anti-Semitism Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Former prime minister Tony Blair is to take a new role fighting anti-Semitism after stepping down as a Middle East peace envoy, he announced on Thursday. More »

  • Tony Blair's New Role To Tackle Anti-Semitism
    Tony Blair's New Role To Tackle Anti-Semitism Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Tony Blair is taking on a new role combating anti-Semitism after warning "we live in dangerous times". It campaigns for European to make Holocaust denial a criminal offence, clearly define racism and anti-Semitism, and to pay for security at synagogues and Jewish schools. Writing in The Times, Mr Blair and Moshe Kantor, a Russian--born Jewish businessman, warned that Europe is at a turning point. More »

  • Blair takes on tolerance role
    Blair takes on tolerance role Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Tony Blair is to take on a new role combating anti-Semitism after announcing he is stepping down as the Quartet's Middle East envoy. More »

  • Tony Blair Quits As Middle East Envoy
    Tony Blair Quits As Middle East Envoy Thu, May 28, 2015

    Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has resigned as Middle East peace envoy. More »

  • Tony Blair to step down as Middle East envoy
    Tony Blair to step down as Middle East envoy Thu, May 28, 2015

    Ex-UK PM to step down at end of June, to focus on regional diplomacy as part of effort to strengthen Israeli-Arab ties. More »

  • Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy
    Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tony Blair resigned Wednesday as the Quartet diplomatic group's envoy, his office said, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict he worked to end as troubled as ever. More »

  • APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns
    APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns Wed, May 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. More »

  • Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy
    Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former prime minister Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organisation said on Wednesday, after eight years struggling to break ground in peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. Officials close to the Quartet of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, said Blair, 62, would continue to play an informal role in trying to forge a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israel. A Quartet statement said Blair "plans to step aside" and expressed appreciation for what it called his "unwavering commitment to the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace" and efforts to improve the Palestinian economy. More »

  • Tony Blair's legacy is a Middle East more divided, chaotic and sectarian …
    Tony Blair's legacy is a Middle East more divided, chaotic and sectarian … Wed, May 27, 2015

    As Tony Blair stands down as Middle East envoy, few in the region will mourn his departure. Much of that was the bloody legacy of the wars that Blair waged in Iraq and Afghanistan, conflicts that he and his American allies began and which still rage across the region today. It was not only the cavalier and reckless way that Blair waded into the Middle East in 2001 and 2003 that wrote his epitaph. More »

  • Tony Blair has resigned from his job in the Middle East
    Tony Blair has resigned from his job in the Middle East Wed, May 27, 2015

    The former British Prime Minister was appointed to the post in 2007. More »

  • Blair quits Middle East envoy role
    Blair quits Middle East envoy role Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tony Blair is to step down as Middle East envoy for the Quartet of powers after eight years in the role. More »

  • Official tells AP that Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair submits his resigna … Wed, May 27, 2015

    Official tells AP that Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair submits his resignation. More »

  • Charles challenged Blair over Iraq
    Charles challenged Blair over Iraq Thu, May 14, 2015

    The Prince of Wales tackled former prime minister Tony Blair over a lack of resources for the Armed Forces fighting in Iraq, previously secret letters have revealed. More »

  • Thursday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Charles' Secret 'Black Spider' Letters Released
    Charles' Secret 'Black Spider' Letters Released Wed, May 13, 2015

    Letters sent by Prince Charles to government ministers have finally been made public after a 10-year legal battle to stop them remaining secret. The correspondence - known as the "black spider" memos because of the heir to the throne's unusual handwriting style - was sent between September 2004 and March 2005, when Tony Blair was prime minister. The 27 letters were published by the Guardian, the Information Commissioner and the Cabinet Office on Wednesday afternoon. They reveal a keen working relationship between the Prince of Wales and Mr Blair. More »

  • Charles' letters show concern for troops and toothfish
    Charles' letters show concern for troops and toothfish Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Charles wrote to ministers on issues ranging from resources for British troops in Iraq to the fate of the Patagonian Toothfish, according to private letters published on Wednesday against government wishes. The 27 letters to and from the 66-year-old heir to the throne were released after the government lost a decade-long legal battle to stop their publication on the grounds they might cast doubt over the future king's political neutrality. In one letter to former Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2004, he queries delays in the procurement of military helicopters. More »

  • Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories
    Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories Mon, May 11, 2015

    Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, is to reprise his role, it has been announced, as Labour unveils its shadow cabinet. It means the Labour grandee will go head to head with Michael Gove as he sets about dismantling New Labour's Human Rights' Act and will be in post for the publication of the Chilcot report into the decision to go to war in Iraq. Lord Falconer, who was Lord Chancellor from 2003-2007, will take on the role of shadow lord chancellor and shadow secretary of state for justice. More »

  • David Miliband says won't run for Labour leadership
    David Miliband says won't run for Labour leadership Mon, May 11, 2015

    Former foreign minister David Miliband said on Monday he would not put himself forward to run Britain's opposition Labour Party and criticised his brother Ed, the outgoing leader, for allowing himself to be seen as taking the party too far back to the left. Ed Miliband, who beat his older and better known brother in a 2010 Labour leadership contest, quit on Friday after the party suffered a heavy election defeat. "I'm clearly not a candidate in this leadership election ... The commitment I have to the job I have got doesn't change as a result of the election," David Miliband, who left the British parliament in 2013 and now runs an aid agency in New York, said in a BBC interview. Ed Miliband was widely seen as having steered the party leftwards from the centrist "New Labour" of Tony Blair, who won three elections in a row to be prime minister from 1997 to 2007. More »

  • Labour took wrong path and must return to centre, grandees say
    Labour took wrong path and must return to centre, grandees say Sun, May 10, 2015

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - The Labour Party must return to the political centre ground and acknowledge the aspirations of millions of voters it ignored in its election campaign, senior figures said on Sunday, as the party's crushing defeat hit home. The Conservatives, who during their five years in coalition with the Liberal Democrats imposed huge public spending cuts, won a surprise overall majority of 331 seats in parliament and are now forming a single-party government. Labour leader Ed Miliband, widely seen as having steered the party leftwards from former Prime Minister Tony Blair's centrist "New Labour", resigned on Friday after the party won just 232 seats. Blair, who won three elections in a row to be prime minister from 1997 to 2007, wrote in The Observer newspaper that Labour should be more inclusive and aspirational -- comments echoed by one of the frontrunners to replace Miliband, Chuka Umunna. More »

  • Sunday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Blair: Labour must reclaim centre
    Blair: Labour must reclaim centre Sat, May 9, 2015

    Labour must reclaim the political centre ground if the party is to recover from its crushing general election defeat, Tony Blair has warned. More »

  • Whoever triumphs in UK election, it won't be the press 'wot won it& … Mon, May 4, 2015

    By Paul Sandle and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid famously crowed "It was the Sun wot won it" in 1992, claiming its support had swayed 10 million readers to back John Major's Conservatives to an unexpected election victory. In the three elections that followed, the rightwing paper backed the other side, helping to deliver victories for Tony Blair's newly pro-business Labour Party. In a move that would have been unheard of a few years ago, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband gave an interview to Russell Brand, a comedian with 9.6 million Twitter followers and his own YouTube channel. Miliband even tweaked Murdoch during the interview, saying the Australian-born magnate no longer had the power he once had: "The British people have a lot more sense than some of these papers give them credit for." Comparing Brand to Murdoch, Charlie Beckett, media professor at the London School of Economics, said Miliband's move made sense: "Russell may get better cut through than Rupert." ERA HAS GONE David Yelland, a former editor of the Sun and deputy editor of Murdoch's New York Post, acknowledged that press barons hold less sway than they once did. More »

  • Miliband Bids For Votes In Brand's Kitchen
    Miliband Bids For Votes In Brand's Kitchen Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Ed Miliband has told Russell Brand he's not looking for Blair and Obama-style euphoria and if he comes to power "it ain't gonna be like that". In a much-publicised interview, Mr Miliband attempted to convince the comedian, who has long preached voting is a waste of time, that it is important to put a cross in a box on polling day and that politics can deliver change. During a 15-minute exchange on Brand's YouTube channel, the Labour leader made his bid to younger voters in what he has called the "most important election of our lifetime". The Labour leader said most people were over the Tony Blair, Barack Obama-style euphoria and no longer believed in the idea that one man would come along and "life would totally turn upside down". More »

  • Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's moderniser with an authoritarian streak
    Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's moderniser with an authoritarian streak Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    A shepherd's son who counts former British prime minister Tony Blair and Russian President Vladimir Putin among his admirers, Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev has overseen two decades of change in his Central Asian country, while remaining entrenched himself. More »

  • Special Report - British voters heading for a Disunited Kingdom
    Special Report - British voters heading for a Disunited Kingdom Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    By Richard Woods and Estelle Shirbon GLOUCESTER, England (Reuters) - Like millions of other British voters, Karl Wakeman supported Margaret Thatcher’s Conservatives in the 1980s and then Tony Blair’s New Labour in the late 1990s. In his eyes, the last Labour government bungled its handling of the European Union, mass immigration and the country’s finances. So on May 7 he’s going to vote for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), a populist group that deplores the EU and mass immigration. Though UKIP won just 3.1 percent of the votes in the 2010 election, polls suggest it could win 13 percent in 2015, draining support from the Conservatives and, to a lesser extent, from Labour. More »

  • Miliband: All NHS Workers Must Speak English
    Miliband: All NHS Workers Must Speak English Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Ed Miliband has attempted to convince voters the party has learnt from its past mistakes on immigration by unveiling tough new measures to tackle the issue. Mr Miliband admitted Labour had made errors in 2004 under Tony Blair that left "working people" facing "dramatic changes in their communities that were not planned or properly prepared for". Unveiling a five-point policy at an event in Wirral, the Labour leader said he would ensure that all NHS workers would be "required to speak English to a sufficient standard so they can care effectively for patients". He said a Labour government would legislate to give healthcare regulators the power to enforce the rule. More »

  • Cameron lines up pensions expert as minister
    Cameron lines up pensions expert as minister Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday that he would appoint a well-known pensions expert, Ros Altmann, as a financial services minister if he returns to power after next month's election. Altmann, 59, frequently comments in British media on pensions and has worked as an advisor to Cameron's government and that of Tony Blair. She is also a former director-general of Saga Group , which provides insurance and travel services to over-50s. Pension reform has been a major policy for Cameron's government, which has removed some of the restrictions on how older people can cash in their personal pension savings. More »

  • Corrie To Lay Anne Kirkbride's Deirdre To Rest
    Corrie To Lay Anne Kirkbride's Deirdre To Rest Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Months after the death of Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride, her soap character Deirdre Barlow is to be laid to rest. Bosses have revealed that a storyline will see Deirdre die and be mourned by Weatherfield's residents at what a source described as "the equivalent to a state funeral in soap terms". The storyline even led then prime minister Tony Blair to give his support to the Free The Weatherfield One movement to get her released. More »

  • Former PM Blair assails Cameron over EU referendum
    Former PM Blair assails Cameron over EU referendum Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to hold a European Union membership referendum if he is re-elected next month would lead to an intense period of uncertainty for businesses, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday. Cameron, whose Conservatives are neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour Party in most polls ahead of the May 7 vote, has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with Brussels, and then hold a referendum by the end of 2017. In a campaign speech on Tuesday, former Labour leader Blair, prime minister from 1997-2007, said the "short-term" pain of Cameron's proposed re-negotiation has been underestimated. "Think of the chaos produced by the possibility, never mind the reality, of Britain actually quitting Europe," Blair, 61, said. More »

  • Tony Blair warns of dangers of second term for Conservatives
    Tony Blair warns of dangers of second term for Conservatives Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Former British leader Tony Blair waded into Britain's general election campaign Tuesday, warning of economic chaos should Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party win the race. More »

  • Blair intervenes over EU membership
    Blair intervenes over EU membership Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Tony Blair has dramatically intervened in the General Election campaign to warn of economic chaos if Conservative victory leads to an in/out referendum on Britain's EU membership. More »

  • Blair joins election fray with EU warning
    Blair joins election fray with EU warning Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Former prime minister Tony Blair plunged into Britain's general election fray on Tuesday, sounding a warning about the dangers of the country leaving the EU. More »