Tony Blair: I'd Like To Be Prime Minister Again

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Could the next Labour prime minister be none other than Tony Blair?

Blair, who is guest editing the Evening Standard today, was asked whether he would like to have another stab at the top job.

“Yes, sure, but it’s not likely to happen is it," he responded.

Described by the Standard as a "tall, gym-toned, lightly tanned politician" with a a "mid-blue gaze", Blair said his time spent on other activities since leaving Downing Street probably meant he was now better equipped to lead the country.

"What I have learned in the last five years would have been so useful to me," he said. "Because when you see how the world is developing you get a far clearer picture of some of the issues our country is grappling with.”

Blair's former communications chief, Alastair Campbell, told an audience in East London last week that he had recently encouraged his old boss to get more involved in British political life.

He said: "What I say to him is every time you pop up on the telly or the radio, as he did this weekend, and when he gives an argument or when he appeared at Leveson it just sort of reminds people that he is very clever, and he understands the world and I think he should do more of it.

But Campbell said it would perhaps be not be a good idea for Blair to attempt to turn the clock back

"I think that once you’ve been prime minister. I don’t think we should be like France where, you know I can remember studying in France 30 years ago and the same sort of names coming around and around. I don’t think we should have that," he said.

However he said that Blair had had his heart set on the job of European Union president.

"I have no doubt at all that if he wanted to he could do all sorts of things and he really did want that European job. God knows why, but he did. I can’t think of anything worse, but anyway."

Blair's stint in charge of the Standard was to mark the five year anniversary since he quit No. 10 to make way for Gordon Brown.