£1.7 million: the price of TB’s farewell

by Stephen Tall on July 26, 2007

This from today’s Mirror:

TONY Blair entertained celebrity guests as part of his farewell world tour with a string of leaving parties and foreign jaunts that cost taxpayers £1.7million. The former PM racked up a bill of £235,285 on a visit to say goodbye to George Bush and California governor Arnie Schwarzenegger. Mr Blair’s overseas travel came to £1.66million between May 2006 and March 2007.

Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb is scathing:

“Many names on this list reveal the frivolity and celebrity-obsessed nature of the Blair administration.”

But, according to Mr Blair’s former adviser, Benjamin Wegg-Prosser, it was all part of the plan. (Hat-tip: Guido Fawkes.)

With taxpayers footing the bill.