A Journey: My Political Life by Tony BlairIn 1997, the biggest Labour victory in history swept England, ending eighteen years of Conservative government. Prime Minister Tony Blair — young, charismatic and complex — shaped the nation profoundly in the ten years that followed. From his work in Northern Ireland to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, few of his decisions were free from scrutiny and debate. Alternately beloved and reviled, he was an international figure to a degree matched by few British leaders — a role he continues in to this day through the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and his work in the Middle East. Now, for the first time, we see the fascinating journey and difficult choices of the prime minister through his own eyes. Grippingly candid and deeply intimate, A Journey is a must-read political memoir, full of startling insights into a host of world leaders, including George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. It is also a book that delves deeply and profoundly into what it means to be in a position of great power today, and its emotional and personal toll.
Tony Blair (1953 - )
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A Quick Rise Up the Ranks
He was Leader of the Opposition from to He was elected Labour Party leader in July , following the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. He is responsible for moving the Labour Party from the left towards the centre ground of British politics, resulting in an unprecedented three consecutive terms in power for the party. Anthony Blair was born on 6 May in Edinburgh. Educated at Oxford University, he became a barrister and in was elected Labour member of parliament for Sedgefield. He soon became identified with a group of self-conscious party 'modernisers' which also included Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson , who sought to make Labour more acceptable to the electorate by repudiating its association with the trade unions, unilateral nuclear disarmament, public ownership and high taxation.
But he displayed little enthusiasm for politics until he met his future wife, Cherie Booth. He graduated from Oxford in and was called to the bar the following year. While specializing in employment and commercial law , he became increasingly involved in Labour Party politics and in was elected to the House of Commons to the safe Labour parliamentary seat of Sedgefield, a tight-knit former mining district in northeastern England. In John Smith was elected Labour leader, and he appointed Blair shadow home secretary. When Smith died suddenly in May , Blair seized the opportunity, and in July he was elected party leader with 57 percent support.