Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Mr. Tony Blair was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2007. As Prime Minister, he maintained that Britain’s top priority was — and will continue to be — education. Mr. Blair declared that higher education was central to Britain’s future, and that responsible political leaders had a duty to see it thrive. He led the Labour Party in establishing reforms in 2004 that would restructure higher education funding to sustain a world-class university system. His aggressive reforms, which he characterized as a matter of both social justice and national prosperity, made it possible for millions to obtain a higher education.