A petition calling for former Prime Minister Tony Blair to have his Save the Children Global Legacy Award revoked has reached more than 100,000 signatures.
Staunch opposition to the decision to award Blair the prize also came from many of the international charity’s own staff, with an outraged internal letter calling the award “morally reprehensible.”
The award was given to Blair for his role in the Make Poverty History campaign, when, at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Summit, he persuaded the wealthiest nations to provide $40 billion in aid relief to the poorest.
While serving Britain as prime minister, Blair formally committed the country to allocating 0.7 percent of its GDP to overseas aid. His administration also founded the Department for International Development (DFID).