Tony Blair's son MP bid rumours quashed by Labour party

By Matthew Bates Tuesday 25 September 2012 Updated: 25/09 10:29

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LABOUR has denied Tony Blair's son Euan will stand to become a Coventry MP at the next general election.

Rumours surfaced this week claiming the 28-year-old will take Geoffrey Robinson's seat at the 2015 election, with the veteran MP standing down.

A report by blogger Guido Fawkes said Euan would be "following in his father's footsteps" and was attending party meetings with a view to being chosen as a candidate for Coventry North West.

"Guido hears current MP Geoffrey Robinson is planning to retire at the next election and is taking a keen interest in the selection of his successor," it claimed.

"Potential rival candidates have been put off by Euan Blair putting his face around the constituency in Robinson’s company.

"The former PM’s son has also been attending the local party’s committee meetings - dullness you would only sit through for one reason."

A Labour spokesman confirmed he was a supporter in the area and had been delivering leaflets as part of his role with the party, but insisted the claims his name would be on the ballot paper in three years were false.

"Geoffrey Robinson has every intention of standing," he told the Observer.

"The idea of Euan Blair replacing him are complete nonsense.

"He's an activist - and activists go to meetings from time to time.

"The report put two and two together and got 75."

Mr Robinson has not yet been formally chosen as Labour's candidate for the election but the spokesman added it was an "intricate and technical process".

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