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Tony Blair

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997 - 2007); Patron, Africa Governance Initiative, The Office of Tony Blair

Studies in Law, Oxford. 1976, called to Bar at Lincoln's Inn; until 1983, Barrister, specializing in employment and industrial law. 1983, Member of Parliament; 1985, Member, Treasury front bench team; 1987, Spokesperson on Trade and Industry with special responsibility for Consumer Affairs and City; 1988, elected to Shadow Cabinet and Shadow Home Secretary of State for Energy; 1989, Shadow Home Secretary; 1992, elected to National Executive Committee and 1994, Leader, Labour Party; 1997-2007, Prime Minister, UK, securing a historic third term in office. Led extensive public service reform, introduced a national minimum wage, oversaw constitutional reform, led the London 2012 Games bid and was instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process. Also oversaw devolution in Scotland and Wales. Defended human rights and rule of law in Bosnia, Kosovo and Sierra Leone. Now works to secure peace and prosperity in the Middle East, improve governance in Africa, encourage understanding of world faiths and boost access to sport for children in the North East of England.