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The Right Honourable
Tony Blair

Blair in 2014
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
2 May 1997 â€“ 27 June 2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Deputy John Prescott
Preceded by John Major
Succeeded by Gordon Brown
Leader of the Opposition
In office
21 July 1994 â€“ 2 May 1997
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Margaret Beckett
Succeeded by John Major
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
21 July 1994 â€“ 24 June 2007
Deputy John Prescott
Preceded by John Smith
Succeeded by Gordon Brown
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
24 July 1992 â€“ 24 October 1994
Leader

John Smith
Margaret Beckett (acting)
Himself

Preceded by Roy Hattersley
Succeeded by Jack Straw
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment
In office
2 November 1989 â€“ 24 July 1992
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Michael Meacher
Succeeded by Frank Dobson
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy
In office
23 November 1988 â€“ 2 November 1989
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by John Prescott
Succeeded by Frank Dobson
Shadow Minister for Trade
In office
13 July 1987 â€“ 23 November 1988
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Bryan Gould
Succeeded by Robin Cook
Member of Parliament
for Sedgefield
In office
9 June 1983 â€“ 27 June 2007
Preceded by David Reed[a]
Succeeded by Phil Wilson
Personal details
Born Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
(1953-05-06) 6 May 1953 (age 63)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Cherie Booth (m. 1980)
Children 4
Education

Chorister School
Fettes College

Alma mater

St John’s College, Oxford
Inns of Court

Religion

Roman Catholicism
prev. Anglicanism (pre-2007)

Website www.tonyblairoffice.org
a. ^ Electorate abolished on 28 February 1974, and reconstituted on 8 June 1983.

This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism.
Tony Blair
Once his wife goes to sleep it takes a minor nuclear explosion to wake her.
Tony Blair
The spread of freedom is the best security for the free.
Be a doer and not a critic.
You know, one of the things I’ve learnt since coming out of office is how much easier it is to give the advice than take the decision. I mean, you know, it’s tough.
Tony Blair
I learnt a lot in government, and I’ve learnt a lot since leaving government. The kind of journey of being in government is that you start at your most popular and least capable, and you end at your most capable and least popular.
Tony Blair
In no relationship at the top of any walk of life is it always easy, least of all in politics which matters so much and which is conducted in such a piercing spotlight.
Tony Blair
You only require two things in life: your sanity and your wife.
In government you carry each hope; each disillusion. And in politics it’s always about the next challenge.
Tony Blair
I happen to think it’s the politics that makes you electable, but the reason for that is politicians sometimes talk about electability as if it’s just a matter of conning the public. Actually, it’s a matter of persuading the public, and in my experience, usually, the public gets it right.
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
It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it’s an irresponsible government that fails to choose.
Tony Blair
Values unrelated to modern reality are not just electorally hopeless, the values themselves become devalued. They have no purchase on the real world.
Tony Blair
My dad was a militant atheist, or is a militant atheist. My mum was sort of bought up in a religious family because she was a Protestant from Ireland but wasn’t especially religious.
Tony Blair
Look, I am very competitive.
But the world is ever more interdependent. Stock markets and economies rise and fall together. Confidence is the key to prosperity. Insecurity spreads like contagion. So people crave stability and order.
Tony Blair
People know where I stand in the Labour party and what I believe in.
Leaders lead but in the end it's the people who deliver.
Genetic modification has many different areas, for example in medicine, and Britain is at the leading edge of this new technology. I don’t know, but people tell me, it could indeed by the leading science of the 21st century. All I say to people is: ‘Just keep an open mind and let us proceed according to genuine scientific evidence.’
Tony Blair
Conflict is not inevitable, but disarmament is… everyone now accepts that if there is a default by Saddam the international community must act to enforce its will.
Tony Blair
Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.
Tony Blair
Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.
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
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
Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.
Tony Blair
Education is the best economic policy there is.
The great advantage of the Lib Dems is precisely that no-one knows what they stand for.
Tony Blair
Yes, I feel I’ve got something to say. If people want to listen, that’s great, and if they don’t, that’s their choice.
Tony Blair
I think the journey for a politician goes from wanting to please all the people all the time, to a political leader that realises in the end his responsibility is to decide. And when he decides, he divides.
Tony Blair
However much I dislike the idea of abortion, you should not criminalize a woman who, in very difficult circumstances, makes that choice.
Tony Blair
If you are trying to take a difficult decision and you’re weighing up the pros and cons, you have frank conversations. Everybody knows this in their walk of life.
Tony Blair
I feel like everyone else in this country today. I am utterly devastated.
So actually I only got a mobile phone the day after I left being Prime Minister.
Tony Blair
There is no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must.
Tony Blair
Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.
Tony Blair
In Downing Street they called me ‘Boss’. Civil servants would always call me ‘Prime Minister’.
Tony Blair
Choice dependent on wealth; those are the Tory words.
I have long believed this interdependence defines the new world we live in.
Tony Blair
Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.
Tony Blair
The threat from Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction – chemical, biological, potentially nuclear weapons capability – that threat is real.
Tony Blair
My faith foundation works to bring about a greater respect and understanding between different faiths. We basically work with six popular religions in the world which are the three Abrahamic religions, Hinduism and Buddhism and Sikhism.
Tony Blair
I can only go one way. I've not got a reverse gear.
But as I always say to people I'm essentially a public service person.
Human progress has never been shaped by commentators, complainers or cynics.
Tony Blair
You know, the media and politicians are always gonna be in a bit of tension with one another and probably most of the time that’s healthy and indeed even creative. But it’s where – it’s really when news organisations are used as kind of instruments of politics that it gets tricky.
Tony Blair
The threat today is not that of the 1930s. It’s not big powers going to war with each other. The ravages which fundamentalist political ideology inflicted on the 20th century are memories. The Cold war is over. Europe is at peace, if not always diplomatically.
Tony Blair
In retrospect, the Millennium marked only a moment in time. It was the events of September 11 that marked a turning point in history, where we confront the dangers of the future and assess the choices facing humankind.
Tony Blair
I believe Mrs. Thatcher's emphasis on enterprise was right.
My view is that you still, in order to win from the Labour perspective, have to have a strong alliance with business as well as the unions. You have got to be very much in the centre ground on things like public sector reform.
Tony Blair
But I am an optimist about Britain; and the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is not that the optimist believes the world is wonderful and the pessimist believes it’s beset by challenges; the difference is the pessimist believes we will be defeated by them; the optimist thinks the challenges can be overcome.
Tony Blair
And just as the terrorist seeks to divide humanity in hate, so we have to unify it around an idea. And that idea is liberty.
Tony Blair
When Europe and America stand together the world is a better and more prosperous place.
Tony Blair
I mean, I went to a church school when I was younger and imbibed a certain amount of religion then but it was really in university that I got interested in religion and politics at the same time. I don’t think as if it were one moment of conversion but my spiritual journey really began then.
Tony Blair
There is no way you’re going to have an event like 9/11 and expect things to remain the same. They killed 3,000 people in New York on that day, and if they could have they would’ve killed 300,000.
Tony Blair
I cannot think of any circumstances in which a government can go to war without the support of parliament.
Tony Blair
In April 1991, after the Gulf war, Iraq was given 15 days to provide a full and final declaration of all its WMD.
Tony Blair
But in terms of how people live together, how we minimize the prospects of conflict and maximize the prospects of peace, the place of religion in our society today is essential.
Tony Blair
Those who wish to cause religious conflict are small in number but often manage to dominate the headline.
Tony Blair
I would’ve loved to have been in a band, but sadly I just wasn’t good enough.
Tony Blair
The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.
Tony Blair
My office is on Twitter. I don’t tweet myself – at least, not intentionally, but I probably should do.
Tony Blair
Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater.
Tony Blair
I say to the Taliban: surrender the terrorists; or surrender power. It’s your choice.
Tony Blair
The public think the politicians don’t know or care about their lives; and the politicians feel misunderstood.
Tony Blair
I may find Saddam Hussein’s regime abhorrent – any normal person would – but the survival of it is in his hands.
Tony Blair
I didn’t come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.
Tony Blair
Our new world rests on order. The danger is disorder. And in today’s world, it can now spread like contagion.
Tony Blair
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair
What people should understand is that I adore the Labour party.