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Blair Gifts Money to Set up New Anti-Populist 'Institute'


The former PM insisted the Tony Blair Institute would not be a vehicle for his return to frontline politics, but instead would be a "platform" offering "thought leadership".

He acknowledged it was "abundantly clear" he could not personally return to British politics after the Iraq War, but added: "I care about my country and the world my children and grandchildren will grow up in; and want to play at least a small part in contributing to the debate about the future of both."

He said the new institute would "build a new policy agenda" for what he called the "centre ground" of politics, as well as allowing "a reasonable and evidence based discussion of the future which avoids the plague of social media-led exchanges of abuse."

The former Prime Minister hinted one of the focuses of the new institute would be supporting European integration as well as open borders.