Tony Blair has denied claims he breached coronavirus quarantine restrictions by failing to self-isolate after returning from a trip to the US.
The former prime minister has been accused of breaching the guidelines after he was pictured leaving a restaurant in London some 10 days after returning from a two-day trip to Washington last month.
The Sunday Telegraph reports that 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.
A spokeswoman for the former prime minister 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.
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