Christopher Leake and Will Stewart
October 31, 2011
Tony Blair secured a deal to represent Kazakhstan after meeting billionaire Labour donor Lakshmi Mittal in the corruption-plagued country, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Steel magnate Mittal –who has given more than £4 million to Labour – sat next to Mr Blair at a meeting of powerful international businessmen in the Kazakh capital Astana in May.
The former Labour Prime Minister’s meeting with Mr Mittal will inevitably raise fresh claims that he has cashed in on his decade in power at Downing Street.
Mr Mittal is Britain’s richest man with a fortune of more than £20 billion and is the biggest employer in Kazakhstan. He employs 50,000 people there and is close to the country’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.