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Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister of the UK, Executive Chairman

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

About Tony

Mr. Blair served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 and 2007, becoming the only Labour leader in the party’s 100 year history to win three consecutive elections. In doing so he redefined modern, progressive politics.

During his time in Downing Street Mr. Blair implemented a major domestic reform agenda. Through record investment and reform, the education and healthcare sectors were transformed. The New Labour Government led by Blair implemented the largest hospital and school building since the creation of the UK’s welfare state. Overall crime was reduced by a third, and the first ever national minimum wage was introduced. There was also transformational progress on social issues and equality. All this while overseeing a period of record economic growth and levels of employment. Further landmark reforms include Bank of England independence, devolution to Scotland and Wales, the establishment of the UK’s Supreme Court, reform of the House of Lords and the Human Rights Act.

As Prime Minister, Mr. Blair was also a central figure on the global stage. He helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, securing the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998. As a passionate advocate of an interventionist foreign policy, he took military action in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr Blair created the Department for International Development, tripled the UK’s foreign aid to Africa, and introduced landmark legislation to tackle climate change.

In his post-office life Mr. Blair has remained at the very forefront of world affairs.

Over the last decade he has been focussed on addressing critical global challenges, including helping governments across Africa and working towards Middle East peace as Quartet Representative.
In 2017, Mr. Blair’s various areas of work formally came together as one not for profit organization; the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

The institute builds on the legacy of Mr. Blair’s activities since leaving Downing Street.

It focuses on helping nations deliver effective governance for their people, tackling extremism to promote peaceful co-existence, working to deliver long-term regional peace and security in the Middle East and on developing the policy answers to the challenges posed by the rise of populism and insecurity in the West.
Currently, teams from his Institute are directly supporting leaders across the globe in their fight against Covid-19, as well as delivering analysis and advice to help countries mitigate the economic impact, source essential equipment, harness the power of technology and position themselves for the rebuilding to come. Find out more about their Covid-19 response work here.

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