Tony Blair Named GQ Philanthropist of the Year For African Charity - Gets Thumbs Down

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Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair was named Philanthropist of the Year last night at the GQ Awards, but many have called him undeserving of the honor. The tribute to Mr Blair on the GQ website read: ‘In 2007 Tony Blair stepped down as prime minister, but his surging momentum’s shown no signs of slowing. Alongside his role as a Middle East peace envoy, Blair’s channelled his energy into philanthropy, establishing three charities.‘The Tony Blair Sports Foundation pairs volunteer sport coaches with children in Britain’s North East and his Faith Foundation aims to reconcile the three Abrahamic faiths, but his most ambitious is the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative.'Launched in 2008, the foundation operates in six African countries – Sierra Leone, Rwanda Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Senegal – where teams work alongside government bodies to bridge the gap between African leaders’ visions for a better future and their government’s ability to implement it.' GQ magazine’s decision drew immediate criticism, with Labour MP John Mann saying: ‘It sends the wrong message. . . .

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