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Tony Blair to step down from envoy role

Tony Blair will step down from his role as Middle East envoy next month. Credit: PA

The former Sedgefield MP Tony Blair will step down from his role as a Middle East envoy.

Mr Blair has represented the so-called Quartet of powers, which consists of the UN, the US, the EU and Russia, for eight years.

He took on the role immediately after resigning as Prime Minister and MP for Sedgefield in June 2007. He will leave the post next month.


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Blair: EU referendum would take over the country

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair speaking on the UK's relationship with Europe. Credit: Pool

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the case for economic separation from Europe "has collapsed" while making a speech on the future of Britain's membership of the EU.

Mr Blair also heavily criticised the Conservatives plan to hold a referendum on Britain's membership if it returns to power.

He said the issue would become "a huge distraction for the country and the Prime Minister - taking over the NHS, education, law and order - the lot".

Cherie in Sedgefield crowd waiting for Blair

Cherie Blair is in the crowd at Sedgefield as people wait for former Prime Minister Tony Blair to make a speech.

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