TONY Blair was the youngest Prime Minister in a century when he swept to victory at the dawn of the “Cool Britannia” era.
The former PM has since become known as an arch-remoaner and the divisive ex-Labour leader is still an active voice in UK politics.
What is Tony Blair’s background?
Mr Blair went to Fettes public school in Edinburgh with dreams of becoming a rock music producer.
However, he chose to study law at Oxford, then trained as a barrister.
Blair became an MP for Sedgefield in 1983, working his way up through the Labour Party to become Leader in 1994.
At the age of 43, just days before his birthday in May 1997, he became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
He held the position in Downing Street for ten years.
How old is Tony Blair?
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair was born in Edinburgh on May 6, 1953.
It makes the ex-PM 67 years old.
Who is Tony Blair’s wife Cherie and do they have children?
Cherie Blair, who was born Cherie Booth, is a British barrister, judge and lecturer who grew up in Liverpool.
She is the daughter of the actor Tony Booth, best known as Alf Garnett’s son-in-law.
Cherie met her husband when they were both pupil barristers.
They have four children – former banker Euan, football fixer Nicky, lawyer Kathryn, and Leo.
Cherie is a QC who has appeared in a number of high profile court cases, and also worked as a patron of Breast Cancer Care.
In the 2013 New Year’s Honours, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to women’s issues and charity.
She was accused of being greedy in the property market, amid claims of rent-hiking at a block of flats owned by her family.
What is Tony Blair’s net worth?
Accounts of Blair’s wealth vary, with some estimates placing it as high as £100m.
However a Telegraph investigation discovered in 2015 that his personal fortune amounted to £60m.
The Blair family reportedly jumped on the property gravy train, snapping up more than two dozen flats in Manchester and amassing £27m worth of property, The Guardian reported.
Some commentators have noted that the property boom which made homes unaffordable for under 40s – but a cash cow for buy-to-let landlords – began accelerating during his time in office.
Their real estate portfolio included a house in London’s Connaught Square that cost them £3.65 in 2004 – now worth £8.4m.
What is Tony Blair doing now?
Blair is currently executive chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, which states that since leaving office he has been “supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people, working for peace in the Middle East and countering extremism”.
A decade after he relinquished his role as PM, Blair announced a political comeback, saying he was motivated by Brexit.
He reportedly charges as much as £200,000 from a single speaking gig.
He has also made a series of digs at the ex-Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
In 2018 he said Mr Corbyn was alienating both sides of the Brexit debate with his muddled EU strategy.
He claimed the current Labour boss is a “closet Eurosceptic” who is refusing to take a strong stance on Brexit, and said his customs union plan was “the worst of both worlds”.
Blair previously issued a stark warning of “profound change” in Labour and said he was “not sure it is possible” for moderates to take the party back from the hard left.
He told the BBC at the time: “It is a different type of Labour Party. Can it be taken back? I don’t know,”
Mr Blair added: “I don’t think the British people will tolerate a situation where, for example, the choice at the next election is Boris Johnson versus Jeremy Corbyn.
“I don’t know what will happen and I don’t know how it will happen.
“But I just don’t believe people will find that, in the country as a whole, an acceptable choice. Something will fill that vacuum.”
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