Blair Named As Liberty Medal Winner

"Tony Blair has been named by the US National Constitution Centre as the winner of its prestigious Liberty Medal for 2010. The former prime minister will receive his gong - awarded for ""his steadfast commitment to conflict resolution"" - from the Centre's chairman Bill Clinton on September 13 in Philadelphia. Previous recipients of the medal include Nelson Mandela, who won jointly with his predecessor as South African president FW de Klerk in 1993, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, US presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr and Bill Clinton, U2 singer Bono and film-maker Steven Spielberg. Announcing the award, which comes with 100,000 US dollars in prize money, the Centre cited Mr Blair's role in advancing peace in Northern Ireland, his work as an international envoy in the Middle East, his involvement in initiatives to improve governance in Africa and tackle climate change, and the work of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation."