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Nigel Farage launches cutting attack on Tony Blair

Nigel Farage has launched a cutting attack on Tony Blair after the former Prime Minister joined the fray in the general election fight.

Nigel Farage enjoys a Ukip cake on the campaign trail. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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."

Blair 'in discussions' over Middle East peace role

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".

Former prime minister Tony Blair. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/PA Images

"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."


Blair donates more than £100,000 to Labour candidates

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".

Former Labour leader Tony Blair. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA

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.

Be careful with 'fragile' peace process, Blair warns

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned today's government to be careful with the current peace process.


Blair: On The Runs scheme vital to end terrorism

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has told MPs that the On The Runs scheme helped bring about the end of Irish terrorism.

Blair apologises for errors in On The Runs scheme

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that the On The Runs (OTR) scheme could have been better run, but insists it was vital for the peace process to succeed.

He is giving evidence before a parliamentary investigation into the scheme:

Tony Blair to give evidence to IRA 'On the Runs' inquiry

Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Tony Blair is due to give evidence before a parliamentary investigation into the On The Runs (OTRs) scheme for fugitive IRA members later today.

The former prime minister's Labour administration sent about 200 letters to republicans assuring them they were not being pursued by the UK authorities following requests from Sinn Fein.

An investigation was launched by MPs when the prosecution of a man for the murder of four soldiers during an explosion in Hyde Park in 1982 was halted after he received one of the letters in error.

The OTR letters scheme began while Mr Blair was premier, and the chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has said he is one of the most important witnesses to the inquiry.

A spokesman for the committee said Mr Blair had confirmed he would be attending a sitting today.

Mr Blair was a key architect of the Good Friday Agreement, which led to IRA arms decommissioning and the establishment of a devolved power-sharing administration at Stormont.

Blair says his left-wing warning to Miliband is not right

Tony Blair has denied saying Labour leader Ed Miliband is too left wing to win the next General Election.

The former Labour prime minister told a magazine his party was "traditionally" defeated at the ballot box when presenting "traditional" left-wing policies against "traditional" right-wing opposition.

But Mr Blair took to Twitter to say the comments mis-represented his faith in Mr Miliband's ability to win the 2015 election, as ITV News Political Correspondent Emily Morgan reports.

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