Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie taking a stroll at the Butterfly Park in Teluk Bahang, Penang, yesterday. Blair is in Malaysia to deliver a speech at the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. – Picture courtesy of Sim Piah Ngan
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PETALING JAYA: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will speak on the rule of law and good governance at the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
Blair will be following in the footsteps of his wife, Cherie, who spoke on The Role of the Judge in a Human Rights World at the same lecture series in 2005. Blair was Prime Minister from May 1997 until June last year, when he stepped down to make way for Gordon Brown.
After graduating from Oxford in 1976 with a Second Class Honours BA in Jurisprudence, Blair became a member of Lincoln’s Inn, where he enrolled as a pupil barrister and met his future wife, Cherie Booth.
Blair was elected Leader of the Labour Party in July 1994 following the sudden death of his predecessor John Smith. Under his leadership, Labour won a landslide victory in the 1997 general election, ending 18 years of rule by the Conservative Party.
Blair was Labour’s longest-serving Prime Minister and the only leader to have taken the party to three consecutive general election victories. The lecture series is named after the Sultan of Perak and one-time Lord President of the Federal Court.