PUBLISHED: 02:01, Sun, Oct 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:01, Sun, Oct 18, 2020
The former Labour Prime Minister was pictured in Mayfair, London just 10 days after returning from Washington. Current coronavirus guidelines hold that anyone arriving from the US must quarantine for 14 days before re-entering the UK. Mr Blair denies the claims, and his spokesman said he tested negative several times and was given an exemption to the rules by Whitehall.
According to the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Blair was spotted leaving a Mayfair restaurant after four days before his quarantine period had lapsed.
The paper claimed he had appealed for special exemption from the coronavirus measure, but was not issued with the formal exemption letter.
The former Prime Minister flew to Washington on September 14 to meet with US officials for the historic peace treaty signing between Israel, Bahrain and the UAE.
He was photographed not wearing face mask on the South Lawn of the White House with Kevin McCarthy, Republican leader of the House of Representatives.
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Frank Luntz, veteran pollster and also pictured with Mr Blair, said: “Tony Blair was a rockstar at this event. People were lining up for photos with him.”
Mr Blair’s spokesman defended the breach on grounds he was following the UK’s rules on attending “international conferences”.
But the exemption only applies to diplomats and formal representatives at an international level.
Mr Blair has been a private citizen from 2015, when he stepped down as Middle East envoy.
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