Former British prime minister Tony Blair has been named as the 2010 winner of US award the Liberty Medal for his "commitment to conflict resolution"!!
The National Constitution Center, which awards the medal, praised Blair for his efforts as prime minister from 1997 to 2007 in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, and for continuing his work as a Middle East envoy since leaving office. In announcing the $100,000 prize, Philadelphia's mayor Michael Nutter praised Blair's "relentless pursuit of a long-elusive peace in Northern Ireland as British prime minister and his dedication to the Middle East peace process". The former prime minister has announced that he will donate the prize money to two of his charities: the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative.