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Blair Acted On “Bribe” Given To Labour Party Over Tobacco Adverts

A report in the Sunday Telegraph has confirmed that shortly after Bernie Ecclestone donated £1million to the Labour Party, Tony Blair intervened to try and make Formula One exempt from new tobacco advertising legislations which saw it ruled out in Britain.

The former Prime Minister acted after the money was recieved, making it look like a bribe.

It is believed that after a meeting with Ecclestone, Blair got a senior aide to write to the Public Health minister, Tessa Jowell, informing her that sporting events particularly Formula One should be exempt from the new laws.

The letter stated that: “The Prime Minister would like your ministers to look for ways of finding a permanent derogation for sport in particular, F1.”

Tony Blair


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