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Tony Blair winds up government advisory business

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair announces that he wants to spend 80 percent of his time on unpaid workFormer British prime minister Tony Blair told staff Tuesday he is closing down his controversial and lucrative government advisory business to concentrate on his not-for-profit activities. Tony Blair Associates (TBA) has worked with countries including oil-rich Kazakhstan and its autocrat President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled virtually unopposed since before independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Blair, who left office in 2007 after a decade in power, has long faced criticism at home for his work with rulers in nations like the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and China.

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