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.
The former Prime Minister Tony Blair was back in the North East celebrating the sixth anniversary of the foundation he launched on stepping down.
It helps recruit volunteer sports coaches, to get more children and young people into new sports. And he couldn't resist joining in.
Tony Blair is on Tyneside to visit a sport complex in Gosforth which has benefitted his from foundation.
He met with volunteer coaches at Newcastle Cricket Centre.
Tony Blair listening to volunteer sports coaches at Newcastle Cricket Centre in Gosforth, which has benefitted from money from the Tony Blair Sports Foundation.
Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is meeting volunteers at his Sports Foundation to celebrate the charity's six years.
Tony Blair is in the North East to celebrate six years of opening up grassroots sports to people in the region. He is meeting coaches and volunteers who have been trained with support from the charity.
Former PM Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lady Thatcher:
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."
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is among the mourners today at the funeral of his former parish Priest and long-time friend Father John Caden.
Father John Caden baptised all four of Mr Blair's children.
The funeral service took place at St. Edmunds Church in Sedgefield, in the former Prime Minister's constituency.
Mr Blair told ITV News that Father Caden was a great mentor.