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# Tony Blair

Last month
January 2023
# Margaret Gibson
Belfast woman who made plea to Tony Blair feels 'betrayed' 25 years after Good Friday Agreement
Margaret Gibney was a Belfast schoolgirl when she asked the then-prime minister to bring an end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Last year
2022
# State Papers
Tony Blair told John Bruton 25 years ago that British people feared 'losing control' to the EU
Blair also told his Irish counterpart that he was “amazed” by the Irish economy and hoped it would help pro-EU sentiment in the UK.
Voices
Opinion: Boris has left his party with a tough choice - a leader to the right or hard right
Peter Flanagan says the new leader of Britain will be decided by a small number of people and the choice isn’t great.
# Tony Blair
Blair calls on the West to stand up to China
The former British prime minister has predicted a need for increased defence spending as the era of Western dominance draws to a close.
# Derry
'It is never too late': Bloody Sunday families say battle for justice goes on after 50 years
Relatives of several of those shot half a century ago have expressed doubts that they will ever be able to secure convictions.
All time
# State Papers
Real IRA not ‘overly active’, Ahern told Blair two weeks before Omagh bomb
The bombing was the single greatest loss of life of the Troubles.
# Classified Documents
Tony Blair's 1997 Famine message was ghost-written by aides as he couldn't be contacted
The 1997 speech, marking the 150th anniversary of the Famine, did not have input from the then-Prime Minister, files show.
# Peace Process
Tony Blair says EU was 'very foolish' over NI vaccine move
The bloc backtracked on the move, imposed unilaterally as it faces shortfalls on vaccine supplies.
# archives
Early Blair-Ahern meeting gave rise to potential for peace in Northern Ireland, documents show
Records released from the National Archives give details of an early meeting involving the two leaders.
# State Papers
British concerned Ireland could 'exaggerate' 1997 Famine apology to draw parallel with Bloody Sunday
Tony Blair received a ‘warm’ welcome for the apology made in Cork in 1997.
# John Prescott
Former British deputy PM John Prescott admitted to hospital after suffering stroke
Prescott served as deputy Prime Minister to Tony Blair between the years of 1997 and 2007.
# Brexit
Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair write joint op-ed calling for second Brexit referendum
In the op-ed in the Irish Times, they describe Brexit as ” the most serious threat to peace in the North and to the union in our lifetime”.
# Anti-Semitism
Blair calls Independent Group a 'fightback' against 'populism-enthralled' Labour
The former Labour leader said that Brexit had plunged Britain into “the throes of an unparalleled political crisis”.
# very hard border
Tony Blair says no-deal Brexit could be 'devastating' for peace process
He accused some politicians of “playing fast and loose” with the peace process in Northern Ireland.
# tag team
Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair have both ripped into Theresa May's handling of Brexit
The former Taoiseach and former Prime Minister were speaking separately.
# sounds familiar
Tony Blair used lines from film The Queen in his autobiography, scriptwriter claims
Bafta-winning screenwriter Peter Morgan said lines from Blair’s autobiography closely resemble lines from the film.
# GFA20
'The Good Friday Agreement was politics that worked because people stopped behaving like politicians'
That is the view of Tony Blair, one of the architects of the deal.
# 20 years on
Explainer: What is the Good Friday Agreement?
The 20th anniversary of the landmark deal is being marked – here’s what’s in it.
# Leaders
Tony Blair has had a huge go at Jeremy Corbyn's position on Brexit
Blair thinks Labour should be opposing Brexit.
UK High Court rejects attempt to privately prosecute Tony Blair over Iraq war
A former Iraqi general has been trying for some time to bring a private prosecution against Blair for his role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
# UK Politics
Theresa May seeks to root out leakers as Tony Blair says Jeremy Corbyn could be PM
May is trying to focus her party’s attention on Brexit.
# Brexit
Tony Blair: EU would be prepared to accommodate UK on issue of mass migration
Blair said the election of French President Emmanuel Macron had changed EU dynamics.
# with you whatever
Tony Blair was 'not straight with the nation' says head of inquiry into Iraq war
Sir John Chilcot told the BBC that Blair based his evidence to the inquiry on beliefs rather than facts.
# Border poll
'Tony, will Brexit bring about a united Ireland?': Blair is back and has views on Ireland
Tony Blair was asked if Brexit is going to bring about a united Ireland yesterday.
# Brexit
Tony Blair says language of Good Friday Agreement will have to be amended due to Brexit
Blair said a hard border between the countries would be a disaster.
# Comeback Kid
Tony Blair promises to get 'hands dirty' as he re-enters UK politics to fight Brexit
Blair will campaign to give the British people a chance to change their minds.
# No thanks
Blair denies report that he's taking a job with Donald Trump
A statement on his website later said: “The story in The Mail on Sunday is an invention.”
# Brexit
Tony Blair wants Britain to fight against Brexit
Britain is expected to officially apply to leave the EU in March.
# Wave Goodbye
Bernie Ecclestone, the racing Napoleon, forced into exile
The 86-year-old transformed grand prix racing into one of the most profitable sports.
# about turn
Tony Blair's former number two now says the Iraq war was illegal
Former deputy prime minister John Prescott says the publishing of the Chilcot Report into the war has changed his mind.
# I Read The News
"Shamed", "mournful" and "a monster of delusion" - Tony Blair is back on the front pages
Much of the coverage focuses on Blair’s assertion that, in the same situation, he would invade Iraq again.
# chilcot
'We were right all along': organisers of huge 2003 Dublin march against Iraq War
Some 100,000 Irish people protested on 15 February 2003 to oppose the invasion.
# lessons unlearned
Northern Ireland (and the PSNI) is all over the Chilcot Report - here's why
The British Army used the Northern Irish Troubles as its key reference point for dealing with the Iraq conflict.
# Chemical Weapons
MI6 report may have contained plot from a Nicolas Cage film, Chilcot Report says
1996 Michael Bay thriller The Rock showed chemical weapons being stored in glass containers.
# chilcot
'I will be with you, whatever': Conversations between Blair and Bush on the Iraq War
Memos the British Prime Minister sent to the US President before and during the war show the close relationship between them.
# Chilcot Inquiry
Blair: "I express more sorrow and regret and apology than you will ever know"
But, he says he would do it again.
# Chilcot Inquiry
Tony Blair did a solo run on deciding to go to war
He also planned to back a rebellion in Iraq.
# chilcot
The UK's Iraq War dirty laundry will today be aired in a very public way
Former PM Tony Blair is in for a hard day, but a trial is some way off.
# Peace Process
Bill Clinton had private concerns over Gerry Adams' IRA links
“I don’t know what the real deal is between him and the IRA.”