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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 6 May 1953Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, UK
Birth NameAnthony Charles Lynton Blair
Nicknames Phoney Tony
Teflon Tony
Tony Bliar
Captain Charisma
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tony Blair was born on May 6, 1953 in Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland as Anthony Charles Lynton Blair. He has been married to Cherie Blair since March 29, 1980. They have four children.

Spouse (1)

Cherie Blair (29 March 1980 - present) (4 children)

Trivia (50)

Graduated from Oxford University in 1975.
He and his wife, Cherie Blair , are both lawyers.
Good friends with Bill Clinton.
Is fluent in French.
Studied law at St. John's College, Oxford University 1972-1975.
Although born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he mainly grew up in the city of Durham in northeastern England.
When he succeeded John Smith as leader of the Labour Party, he began referring to the party as "New Labour" and rejected many of its old, socialist ideologies.
Supports the English soccer team Newcastle United.
Labour MP for Sedgefield since 1983.
Admitted to the Privy Council in 1994.
Leader of the Labour Party since 1994.
Leader of the Opposition, 1994-1997.
Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury since 1997.
Called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, in 1976.
Sang and played guitar in a band called Ugly Rumours while at university.
He is a fan of the rock group Dire Straits.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
He is a fan of the progressive rock band King Crimson.
Attended Cathedral Chorister School, Durham with Rowan Atkinson.
Children: Euan Blair (19 January 1984), Nicholas (6 December 1985), Kathryn (2 March 1988), Leo (20 May 2000). Leo is the first baby born to a sitting Prime Minister in 150 years.
Admitted to the British press that he is a fan of the British Glam Rock band, The Darkness.
December 8 2003 - Hosted a party at 10 Downing Street for England's World Cup winning rugby team.
Lost his deposit standing as the Labour candidate in a by-election for Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire) in May 1982. (Candidates had to pay £500 which was returned if they attracted 5% of the total votes cast)
His father-in-law is actor Anthony Booth. His mother-in-law is Gale Booth.
Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for his support of the Iraq war begun in 2003 (Public Law 108-60, 17 July 2003). On 18 July, following presentation of the medal, he addressed a joint session of Congress, the first British Prime Minister to do so since Margaret Thatcher in 1985.
He was 43 year 11 months and 5 days when he became Prime Minister, the youngest tenant of Number 10 since Robert Banks Jenkinson, Earl of Liverpool who was appointed in 1812, when he was 42 years, 1 day. John F. Kennedy, the youngest elected US President, was 43 year 7 months and 22 days when inaugurated.
Condemned by distinguished British military officer General Sir Michael Rose as the most warmongering British prime minister since Viscount Palmerston, who held office in the 1850s and 1860s. [July 2004]
Is of Irish and Scottish descent
He came in 67th place in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. He came in first place in Channel Four's poll of the 100 Worst Britons.
May 5th 2005, as leader of the British Labour Party in the General Election, he was re-elected to a third term in office as Prime Minister. However, his majority in the House of Commons was reduced from 161 to 66, a substantial reduction from the 2001 General Election when his party was last elected by the British people.
Portrayed by Julian Sands in the play "Stuff Happens," by David Hare; Jamie Foxx on Chappelle's Show (2003), and Jude Law on Saturday Night Live (1975).
Underwent an operation to correct an irregular heartbeat. (September 2004)
Educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh.
He became the first British prime minister since Sir Alec Douglas-Home , who served between 1963 - 1964, to have been educated at a private fee-paying school.
Went to the 1999 FA Cup final in Wembley stadium between Newcastle United and Manchester United with the Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern . Tony Blair is a Newcastle fan while Bertie Ahern supports Man Utd.
He has an older brother, Bill, and a younger sister, Sarah.
Voted the number one worst Briton in Channel 4's poll of the 100 Worst Britons. [11 May 2003]
The first single he bought was "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles.
Announced he will resign as Prime Minister on 27 June 2007. (10 May 2007).
Resigned as Prime Minister and was succeeded by his Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. (27 June 2007).
A friend of singer and Labour Party supporter Mick Hucknall.
His favorite singer is Paul Rodgers, who performed at the Labour Party conference in 2002.
Friend of Anthony Minghella.
Although born in Scotland, he considers himself English and has expressed support for the England football team in the World Cup.
Stepbrother-in-law of Lauren Booth, Jenia Booth, Emma Booth, Bronwen Booth, Joanne Booth and Lucy Booth.
His favourite piece of music is Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega and his favourite novel is Ivanhoe by Walter Scott.
Resigned as British PM and now a British envoy to the Middle East. [May 2007]
British Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party. [May 2005]
Memorably opened his first Cabinet meeting with the words "Just call me Tony", doing away with centuries of tradition that Cabinet members - including the Prime Minister - should always be addressed by their job titles and never their names. His successor Gordon Brown continued this policy, but under David Cameron, use of traditional titles has returned.
His son Euan Blair appeared in the BBC-funded film Priest (1994).

Personal Quotes (51)

When Europe and America stand together the world is a better and more prosperous place.
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.
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.
The fundamentals of the US, British and European economies are strong.
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.
"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." (said in 1997)
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. - on Margaret Thatcher's leadership style
What we have governing our country is a degenerate party that loves lecturing people about right and wrong but has long since ceased to know the difference between right and wrong. - said in 1996 about the Conservative government
I don't believe that anyone wants a two-tier Europe. There will be areas no doubt in which people move ahead in enhanced co-operation and that is already provided for by what was agreed at Nice. Defence is an area, for example, in which we would want to be part of any movement forward. There would be other areas where perhaps we would not be. We can treat that on a case-by-case basis" - on the idea of a '2 speed' Europe
I can assure you I have no intention of hiding away from this at all. On the contrary, I am enthusiastic about being able to debate these issues on the basis of an objective independent judgement by a judge, rather than the speculation. - on the Hutton Inquiry
On finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq: "In a land mass twice the size of the UK it may well not be surprising you don't find where this stuff is hidden."
If there were chemical or biological or nuclear battlefield weapons in Iraq, that most certainly would be a weapon of mass destruction and the idea that their use would not threaten the region's stability I find somewhat eccentric.
On WMD, Dec 2003: "I don't think it's surprising that we will have to look for WMD. But that Saddam had them is beyond doubt."
That we have yet to find WMD is something I have to accept and it is one of the reasons I think we now need a new inquiry. It is true David Kaye is saying we have not found large stockpiles of actual weapons.
I simply say to people that this threat of the interaction of unstable, chaotic states with WMD and terrorism is the security threat of the 21st century. And, if we were not prepared to deal with it in relation to Iraq with all the history of UN resolutions, with the history of actually using weapons of mass destruction, we would never be making the progress we are today with Iran, North Korea, Libya and with the other countries where we are able to deal with this issue.
On Iraq, July 2003: "If we are wrong to have gone to war, we will still have destroyed a threat that is responsible for inhuman carnage."
On WMD, Apr 2003: "I am absolutely convinced and confident about the case on WMD - critics will be eating some of their words."
On Iraq Sept 2002: "What I believe the assessed intelligence has established beyond doubt is that Saddam has continued to produce chemical and biological weapons."
On WMD, Nov 1998: "Before the Gulf war, Iraq had built up a vast arsenal of WMD. It has been trying to hide them, and to acquire more, ever since."
I do show the fatigue when it's there, but this is a job where a thousand people are kicking your backside morning, noon and night, so it's not surprising really.
Education is the best economic policy there is.
Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.
"We do not want a personal and abusive campaign. Let's talk about what we can do for the country." (On the 1997 General Election)
"This is a battle with only one outcome: our victory, not theirs." (About the war on terror)
I am a passionate pro-European. I always have been.
A day like today is not a day for sound bites really. We can leave those at home. But I feel the hand of history on our shoulder.
My project will be complete when the Labour Party learns to love Peter Mandelson.
Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile.
I can only go one way. I've not got a reverse gear.
The only difference between compassionate Conservatism and Conservatism is that under compassionate Conservatism they tell you they're not going to help you but they're really sorry about it.
You have your difficult times and you have your better times and the decisions you take are often very, very hard to take, but actually it's a privilege to take them. And the reason for that is, just occasionally, you meet people - and I do in different parts of the country - whose lives we have changed.
I am not saying that everything has been good, because it hasn't. And incidentally, for those of you who think that you will ever get a government where everything is fine, that doesn't happen. What does happen is progress, if we have the courage and the determination.
The strain of, frankly, anti-American feeling in parts of European politics is madness when set against the long-term interests of the world we believe in. The reality is that none of the problems that press in on us can be resolved or even contemplated without them.
It was just completely new, a different sound. They're two remarkable people - very talented, very original. (On Eurythmics)
I'll leave it to others far more knowledgeable than me to talk about U2's music - all I'll say is that, along with millions of others right across the world, I'm a huge fan.
I have never pretended to be a great House of Commons man but I can pay the House the greatest compliment I can by saying that from first to last I never stopped fearing it and that tingling apprehension that I felt at three minutes to twelve today I felt as much 10 years ago and every bit as acute. It is in that fear that the respect is contained.
Some may belittle politics but we know, who are engaged in it, that it is where people stand tall and although I know it has its many harsh contentions it is still the arena that sets the heart beating a little faster, and if it is on occasions the place of low skulduggery, it is more often the place for the pursuit of noble causes.
People are entitled to think that homosexuality is wrong, but they are not entitled to use the criminal law to force that view upon others. A society that has learned, over time, racial and sexual equality can surely come to terms with equality of sexuality.
(2001) It is time we moved beyond Thatcherism today. That's the problem the Conservatives have. They are still stuck in the past trying to get back to where they were with Mrs Thatcher, while the rest of the country wants to move forward.
I don't believe that if you are acting in a competitive market, that it's the job of government to come along and tell a company - you are making too much profit.
You can spend ages trying to stop the highest paid earners earning the money but in an international market like today, you probably would drive them abroad. What does that matter? Surely the important thing is to level up those people that don't have opportunity in our society.
The justice for me is concentrated on lifting incomes of those that don't have a decent income. It's not a burning ambition for me to make sure that David Beckham earns less money.
I grew up with Harold Wilson as prime minister and he was woven into my life as a youngster. He was there at the top of politics for many years and I think of him as the first modern prime minister. He was the first prime minister that people thought they might wander up to him in the street and say, 'Hello, Harold'. He also brought in a whole new culture, a whole new country. He made the country very, very different. When I was younger I remember seeing The Beatles in Downing Street and how very incredible that was. In that culture of the Sixties, it was a revolution and a change in the way people thought and worked and lived and he will always go down for me as one of the most significant political figures of the 20th century. My dad was, I'm sorry to say, a Tory, but even he had a lot of respect for Harold Wilson.
[on Margaret Thatcher] Some of the things she did I disagreed with her, over Europe for example. But in other things, like how British industry became more competitive, in privatizing the state industries, in putting trade unions within a proper legal framework, those things are with us still today and I think they wouldn't be there today if they hadn't in the end achieved a certain stability and consensus in British politics.
You look underneath that UKIP facade and you see something pretty nasty and unpleasant.
This is my covenant with the British people. Judge me upon it. The buck stops here. For the future, not the past, for the many, not the few, for trust, not betrayal, for the age of achievement, not the age of decline - that is my covenant with the British people.
[on David Bowie in 1996] It's been a great year for British music. A year of creativity, vitality, energy, British bands storming the charts, British music back once again in its rightful place at the top of the world. And at least part of the reason for that has been the inspiration that today's bands can draw from those that have gone before, bands in my generation like The Beatles, The Stones [The Rolling Stones] and The Kinks, or the later generation, The Clash, The Smiths, The Stone Roses. But there is one man who spans the generations, who has been a source of inspiration to practically everybody. He's always at the cutting edge, he's an innovator, he's pushed the frontiers back, he's a man not afraid to go up the hill backwards. He's recorded with Bing Crosby and Queen and the Pet Shop Boys. He is now in his fourth decade of great music.
[to Nigel Farage] Let me just tell you, Sir: You sit with our Country's flag, you do not represent our Country's interests.
I wouldn't want to win on an old fashioned leftist platform. Even if I thought it was the route to victory, I wouldn't take it.
After the 1979 election the Labour Party persuaded itself of something absolutely extraordinary. Jim Callaghan (James Callaghan) had been prime minister and the Labour Party was put out of power by Margaret Thatcher and the Labour Party persuaded itself that the reason why the country had voted for Margaret Thatcher was because they wanted a really left-wing Labour Party. This is what I call the theory that the electorate is stupid, that somehow they haven't noticed that Margaret Thatcher was somewhat to the right of Jim Callaghan.
[to Labour supporters whose hearts are on the left] When people say 'my heart says I should be with that politics', well get a transplant.

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