Death of former prime minister Blair's father
Former British prime minister Tony Blair’s father, Leo, has died, his office announced yesterday.
Mr Blair, who was with his father when he passed away, said he was “privileged to have him as a Dad”.
Mr Blair pulled out of an engagement with former US president Bill Clinton on Thursday night after his father fell ill .
Raised in a poor part of Glasgow, Leo Blair worked his way up from nothing, with great ambitions dashed by serious illness on the very brink of their fulfilment, Mr Blair’s office said in a statement.
“He lost my mother, whom he adored, when she was still young. Yet despite it all he remained animated by an extraordinary spirit that was in him until the end.” – (PA)