Blair's back for Labour

LONDON. Former prime minister Tony Blair is to be given his first formal role in the British Labour Party since retiring from front-line politics five years ago, as an adviser to party leader Ed Miliband's policy review.

LONDON. Former prime minister Tony Blair is to be given his first formal role in the British Labour Party since retiring from front-line politics five years ago, as an adviser to party leader Ed Miliband's policy review.

The former prime minister will be giving specific advice on the Olympic legacy and in particular how to "maximise both its economic and its sporting legacies", Mr Miliband said.

The role reflects Mr Blair's part in the successful 2005 bid to host the Games and his sporting foundation, one of his key charitable causes in his retirement.

The highly controversial move perhaps especially within the Labour Party was announced at a fund-raising event when Mr Miliband and Mr Blair shared a platform to make speeches.

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