Tony Blair was born in Edinburgh in 1953. He became MP for Sedgefield in 1983, leader of the Labour Party in 1994, and was prime minister of the United Kingdom from May 1997 to June 2007. Since leaving office Blair has spent most of his time working on three areas: supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people, working for peace in the Middle East, and countering extremism. In 2016, he established the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change which aims to help political leaders build open, inclusive and prosperous societies in an increasingly interconnected world. In particular, the foundation works with governments across Africa to help them implement their vision for development, including driving progress in infrastructure, power generation, economic reform and delivering sustainable jobs. The foundation also works with the next generation of leaders to help prepare them for a world of relentless change and diversity. He is married to Cherie Booth QC, and they have four children.
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