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Old October 4th, 2009 #1
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Default £500k a year to protect Blair's empty house!

Scotland Yard has abandoned plans to scale down security around Tony Blair after his wife Cherie complained to the Home Office.

Metropolitan Police chiefs had drawn up detailed plans to reduce the size of the team guarding the Blairs’ London home.

Senior officers said the £500,000 bill for an armed police guard was an unnecessary burden on the taxpayer because the couple were often away from their £4.36million West London mansion.

Costly: Armed protection for Cherie Blair costs the taxpayer £500,000

But it is understood they were forced to drop the plans after Mrs Blair personally contacted senior Home Office officials.

As a result, the Home Office’s little-known Royal and VIP Executive Committee (Ravec) – which decides who should be protected at public expense – agreed not to change the existing arrangement.

In the past, security experts have expressed concerns over the Blairs’ home because of its close proximity to the West End, one of Europe’s busiest commercial areas.

The cost of guarding Mr Blair – who is being tipped to become the first president of the EU – has soared since he quit as Prime Minister in June 2007.

In addition to an armed guard, Mr Blair – who has earned at least £10million since leaving office – also has a police protection detail in the UK.

Security is provided by the US when he is on lucrative lecture tours there and further protection is provided by various agencies in his role as Middle East envoy.

Last night, sources close to Alan Johnson insisted the Home Secretary was not aware of the dispute over the Blairs’ security.

But one source said: ‘Mrs Blair complained personally and the earlier decision was reversed by Ravec.’

Security sources pointed out that former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher had seen her security reduced in recent years.

Last night, Scotland Yard and the Home Office said they never discussed the security of the VIPs they protected.

A spokesman for Mrs Blair said: ‘Cherie Blair has never made a request
of this kind to the Diplomatic Protection Group. All decisions on security are taken by the police and no one else.’
Above post is my opinion unless it's a quote.
Old October 4th, 2009 #2
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He's floggin' the one up here in Trimdon for about 400K which is well over the odds.
The ugly Hun.
Old October 5th, 2009 #3
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blair should be paying for his own security. he's from a privellaged enough background.


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