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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been accused of breaking the two-week quarantine rules after he was photographed at a London club 10 days after a trip to the US.

Mr Blair, 67, was pictured at Harry's Bar in London's Mayfair less than two weeks after returning from a two-day trip to the White House. 

A spokesman for the former prime minister said Mr Blair was invited to an 'international conference' because of his ties to the Middle East peace agreement between Israel and the UAE.

He has been accused of ignoring the quarantine rules after a special dispensation from the rules was not awarded to him, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

His spokesman denied the claims and said Mr Blair 'was told to follow the guidance on international conferences which he did'.

Tony Blair, 67, was pictured at Harry's Bar in London's Mayfair less than two weeks after returning from a two-day trip to the White House

Tony Blair, 67, was pictured at Harry's Bar in London's Mayfair less than two weeks after returning from a two-day trip to the White House

Mr Blair was pictured mingling with guests on the South Lawn of the White House on September 14. He held his face mask while posing for photographs

Mr Blair was pictured mingling with guests on the South Lawn of the White House on September 14. He held his face mask while posing for photographs

The 'international conferences' exemption to the rules applies to ­diplomats, staff at international bodies such as the UN and formal representatives at international conferences who have been 'granted privileges and immunities'.

But Mr Blair is considered a private ­citizen since he left his role as Middle East envoy in 2015.

 

His spokesman said: 'We believe he followed all UK and US government guidelines as advised. 

'Mr Blair was tested for Covid before departing the UK, on arrival at the White House, when he returned to the UK and has been tested several times since. All tests have been negative. No other meetings were attended.' 

Elsewhere today: 

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson's elder brother died of coronavirus, just hours after being taken into intensive care. The city is currently under Level 3 restrictions, having one of the highest infection rates in the country London's hospitality sector warned profits were 85 per cent down during the first daytime trading session of Tier 2 lockdown, though drinkers emerged on to the city streets in the evening Tony Blair denied breaching coronavirus isolation rules after returning from a trip to Washington DC  The House of Commons admitted breaching curfew by allowing MPs to drink in bars after-hours, but wouldn't say whether Health Secretary Matt Hancock was in attendance Coronavirus cases continued to rise across Europe with countries hitting record one-day totals as lockdown-free Sweden said it is considering putting local measures in place 

David Jones, a Conservative member of Parliament's public administration committee, told the newspaper 'it sets an appalling example to travellers if a former prime minister appears to flout the rules'.

Mr Blair was pictured mingling with guests on the South Lawn of the White House on September 14. He held his face mask while posing for photographs.

Returning to the UK on September 16, Mr Blair reportedly travelled by private jet on the £7,000-an-hour Falcon 7X.

He is believed to have had with him a team of Scotland Yard protection officers - paid for by the British taxpayer. 

Ten days after his return, on September 26, he was pictured leaving 'one of the most elegant and sophisticated private members' clubs in London'.

David Jones, a Conservative member of Parliament's public administration committee, told the newspaper 'it sets an appalling example to travellers if a former prime minister appears to flout the rules'. Pictured, Mr Blair leaving the club

He has been accused of ignoring the quarantine rules after a special dispensation from the rules was not awarded to him. Pictured leaving the Mayfair club. His bodyguard's jacket opened to reveal a variety of weapons

David Jones, a Conservative member of Parliament's public administration committee, told the newspaper 'it sets an appalling example to travellers if a former prime minister appears to flout the rules'. Pictured, Mr Blair leaving the club

Those failing to follow the rules on self-isolation could be liable for a £1,000 fine, or potential prosecution.

Blair praises new Labour leader Keir Starmer for making party 'competitive' again after Corbyn

Sir Keir Starmer has returned Labour to being a 'politically competitive' party which is in a position to win a general election, Tony Blair says.

The former Labour leader and prime minister praised his successor's performance in the three months since he won the contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Blair told the PA news agency: 'Keir is doing a good job - a very good job actually - and I think he has put Labour back on the map. He has made them competitive again.

'He will know and we all know that there's a long way to go before a general election and many things to be done.

'But in these months since he has become the leader, he has

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