Friday, March 19, 2010

Tony Blair got cash for deal with South Korean oil firm

Watchdog orders publication of former prime minister’s payment by oil firm that was kept secret for 20 months

Solomon Hughes and David Leigh, The Guardian/UK, March 17, 2010

Tony Blair was paid by a South Korean oil firm for advice.

Tony Blair was paid by a South Korean oil firm for advice. Photograph: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Tony Blair has received cash from a South Korean oil firm in a deal kept secret until the business appointments watchdog intervened, the Guardian has learned.

After 20 months of secrecy, the former prime minister has now been overruled by the chairman of the advisory committee on business appointments, the former Tory cabinet minister Ian Lang.

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