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Blair: Thatcher 'was kind and generous spirited'

Former PM Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lady Thatcher:

“Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure.

Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast.

And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.

As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.

Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life.

She will be sadly missed.

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Blair: 'I believe it's time out not time over for Miliband'

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has paid tribute to David Miliband, following news of his resignation as an MP.

David Miliband photographed with Tony Blair in 2007. Credit: Press Assocation

"I congratulate David on his appointment to a major international position. It shows the huge regard in which David is held worldwide. I'm sure he will do a great job. He is obviously a massive loss to UK politics.

"He was the head of my policy unit and then a truly distinguished Minister in the Government and remains one of the most capable progressive thinkers and leaders globally. I hope and believe this is time out not time over."

Tony Blair: "I'll miss him very much"

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is among the mourners today at the funeral of his former parish Priest and long-time friend Father John Caden.

Father John Caden baptised all four of Mr Blair's children.

The funeral service took place at St. Edmunds Church in Sedgefield, in the former Prime Minister's constituency.

Mr Blair told ITV News that Father Caden was a great mentor.

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