Tony Blair is to take on a new role tackling anti-Semitism after stepping down as Middle East envoy.Read the full story ›
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has submitted his resignation as Middle East peace envoy, an official has said.
Diplomatic sources revealed Mr Blair had written to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announcing his resignation as representative of the Quartet of Middle East powerbrokers at the end of June.
He took up the role immediately after stepping down as UK Prime Minister in 2007.
No comment has been made by Mr Blair's office in London.
More than half of people believe Tony Blair is irrelevant to the General Election after he intervened to support Ed Miliband, the ITV News/Yougov daily poll suggests.
The poll found that 55% of those asked if they believed Tony Blair was still an influential voice in the election said no.
A quarter believed the former PM was still relevant, 13% were not sure and 5% said they didn't care.
Over 4,000 people responded to the poll.
Nigel Farage has launched a cutting attack on Tony Blair after the former Prime Minister joined the fray in the general election fight.
The leader of Ukip said: "Blair was PM when the government promised a referendum on the EU constitution before the name of that was changed to the 'Lisbon Treaty' and he cynically withdrew his offer.
"Blair was also an enthusiast for British membership of the Eurozone and had personal ambitions to become 'President of Europe,' and how has that worked out for Europe and him?”
Farage continued, “It is no surprise to see him pat Miliband on the back for signing up to the corporatist EU agenda."
However Mr Farage did agree with Tony Blair's comments on David Cameron, saying: “his comments on Cameron’s position on Europe are quite right. Cameron has no intention of leaving the EU."
Tony Blair is in discussions about a change in his role as peace envoy in the Middle East, according to the Financial Times (£).
Senior diplomats told the newspaper the former prime minister was being eased out, which they suggested was "long overdue".
"He has been ineffective in this job. He has no credibility in this part of the world," they were quoted as saying.
But a senior source in the US administration said Blair has been "a valued partner in trying to bring peace to the Middle East", adding, "We will continue to value his input and support."
Dundee East candidate Lesley Brennan said her constituency would not be accepting the money after she discussed the donation with her team.Read the full story ›
Tony Blair has donated more than £100,000 to help Labour win key battleground seats at the General Election.
The former prime minister has made a donation of £1,000 to the local campaigns in 106 target constituencies, saying they were "where the election will be won for Labour".
A Labour spokesman said the party was "delighted" that Blair had put his own money behind the effort to get Ed Miliband into Downing Street.
"Good luck and here's to a Labour victory on May 7," he wrote in a letter to the candidates.
Tony Blair wrote to Gaddafi to thank him for 'excellent co-operation' between the two nations and to apologise for not deporting dissidents.Read the full story ›
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned today's government to be careful with the current peace process.
Blair's warning for today's Govt; 'You've inherited a peace process that works, so be careful with it. It's fragile.'
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has told MPs that the On The Runs scheme helped bring about the end of Irish terrorism.
Blair. If we had not done this deal we might be dealing with Irish terrorism now at the same time as international terror.