Blair pulled out of an event after father taken seriously ill

Tony Blair pulled out of an event in central London with former US President Bill Clinton last night after his father Leo was taken seriously ill.

The Times political reporter Laura Pitel reported yesterday that a message was read out on behalf of Mr Blair which said: "My father has been taken seriously ill and I wanted to be with him."

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Tony Blair's father dies

Tony Blair's father Leo has died. The former Prime Minister described him as "a remarkable man" and said "I was privileged to have him as a Dad."