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
Labour leader Ed Miliband has won backing from his predecessor, Tony Blair, for radical reforms he is proposing to the party's relations with the unions.
The former prime minister hailed Mr Miliband for "real leadership" as he risked a clash with the unions by setting out plans to end the system where individual union members are automatically affiliated to the party.
In the wake of the Falkirk ballot-rigging scandal, the Labour leader will use a keynote speech today to set out what aides are describing as the "biggest party reforms in a generation".
The changes are intended to strengthen the party's links with its individual members while diluting the influence of the trade union barons.
Conservative former foreign secretary Douglas Hurd today criticised Tony Blair's defence of Egypt's military coup, describing the former prime minister as someone who "rushes to judgment."
"Tony Blair leaps in before he's thought things through. We know that already and he's done it again on this," Hurd told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show.
"We won't know for weeks, maybe even months, whether the military...have made a good gamble for Egypt or bad."
Leaders in Britain and elsewhere had to "grit your teeth" and work with whoever is in power, he added.
– Douglas Hurd
We should not go out of our way to clap our hands and say 'that's marvellous' as Tony Blair has done. We should keep our counsel, keep our wits about us, and wait for the last act of the drama which may be some years away.
Former prime minister Tony Blair said the arguments about whether to intervene in Syria are "exactly" the same as those that took place before the Iraq war.
Speaking ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Mr Blair told The Times (£), "People are no longer going to accept that a minority ruled the country without the say of the majority. It’s exactly the arguments we went through over Iraq".
The Middle East envoy said he believes Britain should help the US to arm Syrian rebels.
Mr Blair said: "On Syria, I feel very strongly we are in danger of a failure with catastrophic consequences if we’re not careful.
"This is no longer a civil war between factions within Syria. We should be taking a more interventionist line. That’s where I come from in politics. People can agree or disagree with it.
"There are those within the Syrian Opposition who want a pluralistic society and democracy coming out of all of this - and they are the one group of people who are not being armed”.
Tony and Cherie Blair have been given two of the dachshund puppies that gave comfort to Margaret Thatcher in her final hours, reports the Telegraph.
The Blairs are said to be acquiring the puppies that were among the new litter belonging to Baroness Thatcher’s former private secretary Lord Charles Powell.
Lord Powell showed Baroness Thatcher a video of the puppies on his iPad when he visited her at the Ritz Hotel in her final hours, and which he said prompted “her last smile”.
The puppies are owned by Lord Powell’s wife Carla, who helped deliver them two months ago, and the couple decided to give them away.
Lady Powell said Cherie agreed a month ago that she would take two of the litter and during Lady Thatcher's funeral they spoke again, according to reports.
Former Prime Ministers and their spouses at Baroness Thatcher's funeral Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, Norma Major, John Major, Samantha Cameron and Prime Minister David Cameron.
Writing for the New Statesman, Mr Blair said politics has not shifted towards the left, despite the credit crunch, and warned: "No-one can get permission to govern unless they deal with its reality."
Labour must "seek answers" rather than defend the status quo, he said, adding that any attempt to return British politics to a left-right contest "debilitates rather than advances the nation".
Mr Blair also flatly rejected the argument that New Labour "created" the financial crisis, insisting the structural deficit had been below 1% in 2007-8.
Tributes to the architects of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland have been led by David Cameron to mark its 15th anniversary today.
The Prime Minister said the 1998 political accord, which brought about devolved governance from Stormont, heralded a new beginning after decades of division and terrorism.
But he warned that more work is needed to build a new Northern Ireland.
The good Friday agreement was reached after nearly two years of talks and 30 years of conflict.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Republic of Ireland's leader Bertie Ahern brokered the deal, following a talks process chaired by former US Senator George Mitchell.
Former PM Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lady Thatcher:
“Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure.
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.
As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.
Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life.
She will be sadly missed.
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."