Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953)is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of theUnited Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to 27 June 2007. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) forSedgrfield from 1983 to 2007 andLeader Of The Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He resigned from all of these positions in June 2007.
Blair was elected Leader of theLabour Party in theLeadership Election of July 1994 , following the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith . Under his leadership, the party used the phrases "New Labour" and "New Socialism" to define its policy, and moved away from its support of State Socialism since the 1960s and created a new version of the Ethical Socialism that was last pursued byClement Attlee.Critics of Blair claim that "New Labour" did not adhere to socialism as claimed, and that it effectively advocated Capitalism However Blair has criticised capitalism for its claim that wealth would trickle down, saying that that "Today that claim seems absurd".Blair subsequently led Labour to a landslide victory in the 1997 General Election . At 43 years old, he became the youngest Prime Minister sinceLord Liverpool in 1812. In the first years of the New Labour government, Blair's government implemented a number of1997 Manifesto pledges, introducing the minimum wage, Human Rights Act andFreedom of Information Act, and carrying out devolution, establishing the Scottish Parliament , theNational Assembly for Wales, and the Nothern Ireland Assembly
Blair's role as Prime Minister was particularly visible in foreign and security policy, including in Nothern Ireland, where he was involved in the 1998Good Friday Agreeement. From the start of the War on Terror in 2001, Blair strongly supported the foreign policy of US PresidentGeorge W Bush, notably by participating in the20001 Invasion Of Afganistan and 2003 Invasion of Iraq . Blair is the Labour Party's longest-serving Prime Minister, the only person to have led the Labour Party to three consecutive general election victories, and the only Labour Prime Minister to serve consecutive terms more than one of which was at least four years long.
He was succeeded as Leader of the Labour Party on 24 June 2007 and as Prime Minister on 27 June 2007 byGordon Brown] On the day he resigned as Prime Minister, he was appointed the official Envoy of the Quartet of the Middle East . In May 2008, Blair launched his Tony Blair Faith Foundation This was followed in July 2009 by the launching of theFaith in Globalisation with Yale University in the US,Durham Univerisity in the UK and theNational University of Singapore in Asia to deliver a postgraduate programme in partnership with the Foundation.
Here is Tony,s Greatest Ever Speech.
This is a famous speech Tony made when Labour had just taken Office from the Conservatives. Tony was addressing the "Party Faithful" and it was a truely Charasmatic Speech that had all the audience in raptures. Tony is such a good Speech Master its fair to say he whipped these delegates into a Red Frenzy. Labour was on the UP and Tony was going to lead it there.
My own background is steeped in Labour Polotics . In 1985 I joined the Labour Party and beacame a member in the Esh Winning Section. After attending meetings for a year or two I was asked to respresent Labour in a Local Government Election . to serve on the Brandon and By Shottles constituency, After much canvassing and door knocking I was duly elected as a Parish Councillor for the Area. I poled 775 votes against a Liberal count of 437 and Conservative 213. I served on the Council for 4 years. At the end of those final years I got married and had other distractions in my life. Nevertheless I still have some family memners who are more into Politics than I am . My Cousin is Member for Noth West Durham. Pat Glass is my cousin from my Mothers side of my family. Pat took over from another lady in Politics Hilary Armstrong who inherited the seat from her Father Ernest Armastrong
Pats Opening on the debate of Legal Aid and her first speech on the people in ife who rely on Legal Aid and people on Benefit, Pat is a Champion of the less well off, Disabled People , Poor People and People who cannot look after themselves. Pat has proved to be a Fantastic Mp in the Noth West Duraham Area and is an assett to the less well off in the said area