Blair Announces Plans For Beard

PRIME minister Tony Blair has outlined his plans for a full beard when he leaves office at the end of this month. 

An artist's impression of Blair with beard

Blair's beard project will end the fevered speculation about the direction he will take after 10 years in Downing Street.

The beard is expected to start on July 1 but will not be publicly available for at least four weeks.

Blair then plans to spend around six weeks in a desert, possibly the Mojave or the Gobi, according to senior Labour sources.

In late September he will take the beard on a world tour, during which he will attempt to solve intractable problems, help sick people get access to state-of-the-art medical treatment and make key speeches on the potential benefits of meekness.

Blair plans to finish his tour next Spring and is then expected to take on a series of lucrative directorships.

Meanwhile, publishing industry insiders say there are currently four separate biographies of Blair in the pipeline.