Tony Blair

Religious faith has a major part to play in shaping the values which guide the modern world, and can and should be a force for progress.

Tony Blair became a Member of Parliament for Sedgefield in 1983 and leader of the Labour Party in 1994.  He subsequently led Labour to a landslide victory in the 1997 general election, and served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from May 1997 to June 2007.  At 43 years old, he became the youngest Prime Minister since 1812.

Since leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the USA, UN, Russia and the EU, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community's effort to secure peace.

In May 2008, Blair launched his Tony Blair Faith Foundation which promotes respect and understanding between the major religions and makes the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world.  Faith is vitally important to hundreds of millions of people. But religious faith can also be used to divide. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is a response to these opportunities and challenges.

The Tony Blair Foundation’s Faith and Globalisation Initiative partners with Yale University in the USA, Durham University in the UK and National University of Singapore in Asia to deliver a postgraduate programme. 

His Africa Governance Initiative delivers projects in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia, advising President Kagame, President Koroma and President Johnson-Sirleaf respectively on policy delivery and attracting investment, with a team of his staff working full time at the centre of all three governments.

As the first major head of government to bring climate change to the top of the international political agenda at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 summit, Tony Blair now leads the Breaking the Climate Deadlock initiative, working with world leaders to build consensus on a new comprehensive international climate policy framework.

In recognition of his debt to the North East of England, he has launched the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, to increase opportunities for young people to participate in sport.