Blair caught on train without ticket


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From correspondents in London

April 24, 2008 08:33am
Article from: Agence France-Presse

FORMER British prime minister Tony Blair has been caught travelling on a train without a ticket or any cash to pay the fare.

Mr Blair was confronted by a ticket inspector as he travelled to London's Heathrow airport to catch a flight to the US on Monday, spokesman Matthew Doyle said.

"Mr Blair just didn't have any cash on him,'' Mr Doyle said.

"One of the policemen travelling with him offered to pay for the ticket, but the ticket inspector said it wasn't necessary.''

A ticket should on the train should cost £24.50 ($51).

Mr Blair, 54, is believed to have earned around $US1 million ($1.05m) on the speaking circuit since standing down last June after a decade in charge.

Soon after leaving office, he took up a post as the Middle East envoy for the international Quartet of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States.

He also has a lucrative part-time post as advisor to Wall Street bank JP Morgan and advises Swiss company Zurich Financial Services on a range of issues including climate change.

Mr Blair's wife Cherie, a judge, was fined after being caught riding a train without a ticket on her way to a court case in Luton, just north of London, in 2000.

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