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Blair slated over lavish party amid Gaza deaths

The Middle East envoy hosted a surprise party for his wife's 60th birthday estimated at $50,000

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Tony Blair, who is also the Middle East envoy, faced harsh criticism after he threw a lavish party for his wife while the grim death toll from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict passed 1,050, the British daily news website the Daily Mail reported Sunday.

“He should be in the Middle East, not in the UK,” one source said according to the news website.

Blair, who was holding the party for his wife’s 60th birthday, received around 150 guests including wealthy businessmen, television celebrities and former ministers.

The total cost of the surprise party, which was held at his £6million country mansion South Pavilions, is estimated at $50,000.

Blair is a member of the Representative of the Quartet which is based in Jerusalem.

The Quartet was set up in 2002 and gathers the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia.

It aims at help mediate Middle East peace negotiations and support Palestinian economic development.

In June, a group of former British ambassadors had joined a campaign asking for the removal of Blair from his role as Middle East envoy.