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Tony Blair urged to give to charity after speech in Azerbaijan

The Telegraph reports that Tony Blair is being urged to give to charities at least the £90 000 that he is reported to have been paid for a speech in Azerbaijan, in which he forgot to make any criticism about human rights.  An aide to Barack Obama was paid for a speech in Azerbaijan and it was booked through the same agency based in Washington.  He agreed to give the fee to a group promoting democracy in the region. 

I am amazed that anyone can be paid so much money for a short speech but I think that if Tony Blair goes on like this he will damage his brand and will not be in so much demand.

Norman Baker MP says that it is dirty money.  Peter Kilfoyle MP says that Tony Blair should not profit from speaking in a country that flagrantly ignores human rights.    

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