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    Blair in Philly for Liberty Medal
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves Millbank Studios after taking part in television interviews on September 6, 2010 in London, England. Mr Blair has suggested that he may have to cancel a book signing planned for Wednesday 8th, following a similar event in Dublin over the weekend when four protesters were arrested after throwing eggs and shoes at the former Prime Minister.

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in Philadelphiato receive the Liberty Medal for his global human rights work, even as his new memoir reignites debate on his political leadership.

           The medal is given annually by the National Constitution Center to individuals or organizations whose actions strive to bring liberty to people worldwide.
          
    Blair is being honored Monday for his work with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which promotes religious tolerance, and for his initiative to improve governance in Africa.
          
    Blair's recent book tour has drawn hostile protesters in Britain and Ireland who blasted him for supporting the Iraq War.
          
    Organizers of the medal ceremony say they don't expect protesters. Former President Bill Clinton will present the award to Blair.