Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has returned to Westminster on the 16th anniversary of his elevation to the Premiership. Nearly 6 years after being the first Premier to abdicate at a time of his own choosing, he is returning for a quiet time of reflection hidden from the world.
He was flown quietly by private jet, helicopter gunship and escorted cavalcade from his summer residence in Gaza to live permanently in Westminster.
The Prime Minister Emeritus was greeted by Ed Miliband who welcomed him with “fraternal cordiality”. There was no live TV coverage of his arrival. However hours after his arrival, a photograph of the Prime Minister Emeritus shaking hands with Leader Ed was issued.
The Prime Minister Emeritus will live in simple accommodation a mere stone’s throw from the seat of power. The building was described as "small but well equipped" by his spokesman Mr Cambellardi. It includes an attached chapel, a library and a study. There are a further 13 bedrooms, banqueting hall, office suite and a private living accommodation. There is also a further guest room available for if his old friend Gordon Ratsinger chooses to visit.
On his arrival the two men held a "brief moment of prayer" in Tony’s chapel. No details were released about what they each prayed for.
The Prime Minister Emeritus will now dedicate himself to a life of private prayer, reflection and contemplation in the service of the Country, according to the sources. His arrival heralds an unprecedented era of a former Prime Minister living so close to his successor as Leader of the Labour Party. But at the time of his abdication, Prime Minister Emeritus Blair suggested he would not try influence his successor, saying he would live out the rest of his days "hidden from the world". At a meeting at an unnamed restaurant, he also repeated "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor.