Blair's charity hopes to strike gold in California

Tony Blair's post-Downing Street empire is to lay foundations in California, after the former prime minister's charitable foundation won official backing to raise money on the Golden State's lucrative "charity circuit".

Tony Blair defends 'helpful' Prince Charles

Tony Blair has defended the Prince of Wales as "immensely helpful" after the former prime minister was quoted as saying Charles was "screwing" his government.

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A Journey, By Tony Blair

"The gene pool going into politics is now frighteningly limited," laments the former PM in a 40-page essay that fronts the paperback edition of his memoir. But does this relentlessly upbeat "third-way progressive" (the new intro still uses that formula, and still gives zero credit to its architect, Tony Giddens) count as a mutant monster or a creative evolution of the Labour line?

Video: Miliband: 'The Blair-Brown era is over'

Labour leader Ed Miliband says the era of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown is "ancient history".

Tony Blair's EU president plan dismissed

Tony Blair's vision for an elected president of the European Union was dismissed today by Foreign Secretary William Hague, who insisted its members had more pressing priorities than further "constitutional tinkering".

Choose Your Weapons, By Douglas Hurd

Focusing on a dozen Foreign Secretaries from the last 200 years, this book starts with a bang. In an 1809 duel, an ex-Foreign Secretary shot a holder of the post in the thigh.

Mandelson criticises 'too quick to criticise' Miliband

Lord Mandelson today condemned Ed Miliband for being too quick to "criticise his own side".

Why We Lie, By Dorothy Rowe

You're never going to believe this...

Lessons from the past: why Tories oppose AV

The conservatives would have been reduced to a rump of just 70 MPs in Labour's 1997 landslide victory if that election had been fought under the Alternative Vote (AV) system, according to research based on answers given by voters at the time.

Labour to consider A-level reform

Labour is poised to reverse one of the most controversial decisions taken as Prime Minister by Tony Blair over its schools policies. Andy Burnham, education spokesman, plans to "look again" at rejected proposals to scrap the GCSE and A-level system and replace it with an overarching diploma covering both academic and vocational qualifications. A-level and vocational qualifications such as engineering and healthcare would be recorded side-by-side as part of a new diploma certificate.

Second Iraq inquiry date for Tony Blair

Tony Blair is to make his second appearance before the Iraq Inquiry on Friday January 21, it was announced today.

Book Of A Lifetime: The Interpretation of Cultures, By Clifford Geertz

If you mapped out a novelist's history in books, beloved and influential fictions would have to loom large in the foreground. But books of ideas can be significant in a novelist's formation too - history or science or philosophy or whatever, depending on taste and training and accidental encounter. From those books we derive the framework of our beliefs, the underpinning convictions thatform our mindset and play through and around the witnessing, empathetic, dreaming parts of our perception. And these shaping beliefs will always be at work in the stories we write, however obliquely, or at whatever level of conscious or unconscious deployment.

Tony Blair's sister-in-law converts to Islam

Tony Blair's sister-in-law, Lauren Booth, has become the latest in a long line of Western Islamic converts. From Chris Eubank to Jermaine Jackson to Alexander Litvinenko, she joins an eclectic list, yet she is markedly different from most of its names, for one key reason – she is female.

Blair's coupling with Cherie is up for a Bad Sex Award

"That night she cradled me in her arms and soothed me; told me what I needed to be told; strengthened me ... On that night of 12 May 1994 I needed that love [she] gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength. I was an animal following my instinct ... "

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