Tony Blair’s father Leo, who died today, was a man with a remarkable life story.
- He was given up for fostering by his parents – who were travelling performers - aged three months.
- He left school at 14 and joined the Young Communist League.
- He served in the Army in the Second World War.
- After the war he studied law in his spare time to become a barrister and later a law lecturer in Australia and at Durham University.
- He rose to chair the Durham Conservative Association and had aspirations to become a Tory MP.
- After his son became Labour leader, he joined the party shortly after.
- He sent a letter of congratulations to him on becoming PM - only to get a reply from Downing Street saying his idea was not something that No 10 could take up.
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