In 1997, Tony Blair won the biggest Labour victory in history to sweep the party to power and end 18 years of Conservative government. He has been one of the most dynamic leaders of modern times; few British prime ministers have shaped the nation's course as profoundly as Blair during his ten years in power, and his achievements and his legacy will be debated for years to come. Now his memoirs reveal in intimate detail this unique political and personal journey, providing an insight into the man, the politician and the statesman, and charting successes, controversies and disappointments with an extraordinary candour. The Journey will prove essential and compulsive reading for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of our global world. As an account of the nature and uses of power, it will also have a readership that extends well beyond politics, to all those who want to understand the challenges of leadership today.
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.