Blair ‘caught riding without a ticket’

Former prime minister Tony Blair was left red-faced when he was caught travelling on a train without a ticket and said he had no cash to pay the fare, a report said on Wednesday.

Blair was confronted by a ticket inspector as he travelled to London’s Heathrow airport to catch a flight to the United States on Monday, spokesman Matthew Doyle said.

“Mr Blair just didn’t have any cash on him,” Doyle said. “One of the policemen travelling with him offered to pay for the ticket, but the ticket inspector said it wasn’t necessary.”

A ticket should on the train should cost 24.50 pounds (49 dollars, 30 euros).

Blair, 54, is believed to have earned around one million dollars on the speaking circuit since standing down in June after a decade in charge.

Soon after leaving office, he took up a post as the Middle East envoy for the international Quartet of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States.

He also has a lucrative part-time post as advisor to Wall Street bank JP Morgan and advises Swiss company Zurich Financial Services on a range of issues including climate change.

Blair’s wife Cherie, a judge, was fined after being caught riding a train without a ticket on her way to a court case in Luton, just north of London, in 2000