The newspaper says it has photos of Blair, who was Prime Minister between 1997 and 2007, showing him leaving a London restaurant ten days after returning from Washington. Blair is said to have appealed to British government officials to get dispensation from the mandatory fourteen-day quarantine period, but not received it.
Blair was in Washington for a ceremony at the White House where Israel signed agreements to establish formal relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. A spokesman for Blair said he had been invited by the US government because of the part he played in the deal, describing the ceremony as a “diplomatic conference.”
According to the spokesman, Blair posed “no risk to anyone” as he was tested before his departure, on arrival at the White House and again several times since returning to the UK.
Several key figures have been accused of hurting public confidence in the UK’s corona measures, by breaking rules or appearing to be in violation. In May, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, refused to resign after it emerged that he had driven 400 kilometers from London to Northern England when only necessary travel was allowed.