Tony Blair denies breaking coronavirus quarantine rules after two-day US trip

Tony Blair has denied claims he breached coronavirus quarantine rules when returning from a two-day trip to the United States.

The former British Prime Minister has been accused of failing to self-isolate for two weeks following a trip to the US last month.

Mr Blair was allegedly spotted leaving a bar in Mayfair, London, 10 days after returning from Washington DC, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

A pictured obtained by the paper claims to show Mr Blair, who served as prime minister from 1997 to 2007, coming out of Harry’s Bar.

Mr Blair flew to Washington DC on September 14 and returned on September 16, according to the newspaper, which reports he was seen leaving the venue in central London on September 26.

Mr Blair, pictured here last year, visited the US last month for a conference

Mr Blair had asked Whitehall officials for exemption from the rules, but was not issued with a formal letter which would have allowed him to avoid the two-week quarantine, according to the newspaper.

But a spokeswoman for the former PM said he had been told to follow guidance on “international conferences”, having been invited by US officials to attend a White House event held over the Israel-UAE peace deal.

“He (Mr Blair) was not refused exemption by the UK Government,” the spokeswoman said.

“He was told to follow the guidance on international conferences which he did; the US Government had cleared the visit because it was for the diplomatic conference at the White House.

“We believe he followed all UK and US government guidelines as advised.

“Mr Blair was tested for Covid before departing the UK, on arrival at the White House, when he returned to the UK and has been tested several times since.”

The spokeswoman said all Covid-19 tests had been negative, adding that Mr Blair did not attend any other meetings during his trip.

Government guidance states that diplomats and representatives at international conferences are granted “privileges and immunities”, meaning they are not required to self-isolate if their work is confirmed as essential.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) spokeswoman said: “The FCDO provides travel exemptions to diplomats travelling on business relating to the interests of the UK, representatives of international organisations, and their families and dependents.

“Those issued an exemption will not need to self-isolate.”

Dominic Cummings was criticised for his breach of lockdown rules

Several major figures have been accused of damaging public confidence in the UK government’s coronavirus response by breaking or appearing to break rules.

In May, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser, Dominic Cummings, refused to quit after it emerged he had driven 250 miles from London to northern England when all but essential travel was forbidden.

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