The Prime Minister has joined a credit union during a visit on Friday to his County Durham constituency.
Tony Blair and his wife Cherie visited Trimdon
Tony Blair, who was accompanied by his wife Cherie, was in Trimdon village for a series of engagements.
The South West Durham Credit Union collects money each week from members
before giving out low interest loans to those that need it.
Mr Blair also met children at a row of shops in the village which they have decorated for Christmas.
As Mr Blair signed the official membership papers, he joked: "I can't see what I'm signing, I haven't got my specs on."
His wife replied: "I'm a lawyer. You do not sign anything you haven't read."