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Asked when the Prime Minister was likely to endorse Tony Blair’s bid for the European Presidency, the PMS replied that Downing Street did not recognise this story and that it was very premature. The Prime Minister had previously said on the record on several occasions that he thought that Mr Blair would be a good candidate for the president of Europe, but this post did not come into effect until 1 January 2009, even if we assumed that the Treaty would be ratified in time by all member states. As such it was still very early days.

Asked when it would be a good time to decide who our candidate was, the PMS said that there would be plenty of opportunities to discuss these matters later in the year.

Asked if the Prime Minister had had a formal approach from Mr Blair regarding this, the PMS said he would not comment on private conversations between the Prime Minister and his predecessor but we did not recognise the story this morning.

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