In his final Prime Minister's Questions before recess, the man in question looked as though he needed a holiday more than ever
Tony Blair has defended his relationship with Rupert Murdoch, insisting he had never done a deal with the media mogul.
A protester has said it was 'surprisingly easy' to avoid security and disturb Tony Blair's evidence to the Leveson Inquiry
Former prime minister Tony Blair has described Baroness Thatcher as "a towering political figure". He added:
Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast. And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.
The newspaper says evidence given to the Chilcot Inquiry by British intelligence will amount to "severe criticism" of the former prime minister when the inquiry's report is published later this year.
It said intelligence officers claim Mr Blair accepted intelligence that Iraq had no nuclear weapons and that any actual WMD would fit on the "back of a petrol lorry".
They said he became a "changed man" on the issue after visiting former US president George Bush in April 2002.
A spokesperson for Mr Blair told the newspaper: "The view that Saddam Hussein had a WMD programme was held not just by the intelligence services in the UK and US but in countries which opposed military action."
Former prime minister Tony Blair believes he would have given David Cameron a "run for his money" if he had led the party into the 2010 general election rather than his successor Gordon Brown.
The election resulted in a hung parliament with Mr Cameron's Conservatives the largest party, and although Mr Blair did not say he would have won the contest outright, "it would have been tighter than it was".
In an interview with Bloomberg Markets magazine Mr Blair said: "Frankly, if I'd had a fourth election, I would have given Cameron a run for his money. I'm not saying I would have won, but it would have been tighter than it was."
Mr Blair led Labour to three election victories but his reputation was tarnished by the Iraq War and his leadership was troubled by in-fighting between factions loyal to him or Mr Brown, who took over as prime minister in 2007.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has paid tribute to David Miliband, following news of his resignation as an MP.
"I congratulate David on his appointment to a major international position. It shows the huge regard in which David is held worldwide. I'm sure he will do a great job. He is obviously a massive loss to UK politics.
"He was the head of my policy unit and then a truly distinguished Minister in the Government and remains one of the most capable progressive thinkers and leaders globally. I hope and believe this is time out not time over."
In private papers released today, Margaret Thatcher mentions a number of figures who would go on to play a significant role in public and political life, both at home and around the world.They include an early meeting with Robert Mugabe, who had been elected as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 1980.
Now widely condemned over violent land seizures, Mugabe was at that time still considered a hero by many after his role in the guerrilla movement against white-minority rule.At a lunch held in his honour on May 19, 1982, Lady Thatcher praised him for his "friendly and open manner".
She added: "A successful Zimbabwe will undoubtedly contribute to the peace and stability of Central and Southern Africa as a whole, and we wish you and your colleagues well in your endeavours."
Ten years on from the start of the Iraq war, an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes appears to show that that just one in five adults in the UK think that Britain was right to take part, while almost three times as many say that it was wrong to do so.
- Right to take part: 20%
- Wrong to take part: 58%
- Dont know: 22%
Strong doubts also remain over the motivations behind the Iraq war.
- 57% think Tony Blair deliberately lied about the threat of Iraq stockpiling weapons of mass destruction
- 59% disagree with those who claim that it doesn't matter that no weapons of mass destruction were found.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said no amount of planning could have prepared Coalition troops for the bloodshed in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein's overthrow.
Britain's top general in Iraq, Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb, earlier suggested post-war planning had been "pretty hopeless".
Speaking on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, Mr Blair told ITV News presenter Mark Austin the loss of life was "not because the planning wasn't right".
Mr Blair also said there is "a case for" arming opposition fighters in Syria, a country that he said was "disintegrating before our eyes".
The Middle East Envoy Tony Blair has told ITV News he believes there is a case for arming the Syrian opposition in a bid to resolve the conflict in the country.
The Foreign Secretary announced this week that Britain is to supply armoured vehicles and body armour to Syrian opposition forces in a bid to end a crisis that has reached "catastrophic proportions."
Watch Tony Blair's interview in full on tonight's ITV News at Ten at 10pm
The former prime minister Tony Blair has told ITV News "no amount of planning" for a post-war Iraq could help in the "fight" against external forces attempting to destabilise the country.
He was responding to criticism from the most senior British general in the coalition forces, who told ITV News that the post-war planning was "pretty hopeless".
On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the conflict, Mr Blair told Mark Austin that in the case of Iraq, these groups included "Iran on one side and al Qaeda on the other".
Watch Tony Blair's interview in full on tonight's ITV News at Ten at 10pm**
George Bush being elected US president was "the worst thing ever to happen to Tony Blair", according to former foreign secretary David Miliband.
Speaking on ITV's The Agenda programme, Mr Miliband contrasted the period in the lead up to the US-led invasion of Iraq a decade ago with the lead up to the US-led invasion of Kosovo under the stewardship of Bill Clinton.