Tony Blair 'in £330,000 demand for hunger talk'
By Peter Henn
June 1, 2015
Tony Blair, making a speech - GETTY IMAGES
Mr Blair was asked to speak at the Eat food forum in Stockholm, Sweden, which starts tomorrow.
The event, which last year featured a talk by former American president Bill Clinton, claims to be a forum where 'science politics and business can share insight and ideas to achieve our common goal of sustainably feeding a healthy world population.
Kruger Cowne talent agency, which represents Mr Blair, asked for a £250,000 fee plus £80,000 expenses for a twenty minute speech, according to the Sunday Times. Mr Clinton got a total of £327,000 for his half-hour talk last year.
Eat offered Mr Blair, who stepped down from his role as Middle East peace envoy last week, £215,000, but after months of talks, an agreement was not reached. A source said: "Blair is just not Clinton, and even his star peer is fast diminishing. "So for his talent reps to think Eat was going to pay massive bucks for him shows they overestimated his worth."
Since leaving Downing Street in 2007 after 10 years as Prime Minister, Mr Blair has made a substantial amount of money giving speeches. It was reported that, shortly after he left office, he was paid more than £327 by Chinese property developer Dongguan Guangda to speak for 20 minutes to bankers, businessmen and Communist Party officials, while it is believed he made £400,000 for giving two half-hour talks in the Philippines.
Kruger Crowne asked Eat to pay Mr Blair's fee to the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which campaigns for equal opportunities. Mr Blair's office issued a statement saying that while he had been asked to speak at Eat in return for a donation to his wife's foundation, he was 'unable to do so'. It said: "Prior commitments meant it would be logically impossible. "His office at no point negotiated 'the amount of money he would be earning' because if he had been able to do the event, he would not have earned anything."
Source: Express UK.