Tony Blair's former press chief Alastair Campbell may stand for election as a Labour MP in the next general election.

The former journalist, who worked for Blair in opposition from 1994 and inside 10 Downing Street as press secretary and director of communications from 1997-2003, said he was "thinking about" becoming a candidate, but had plenty of time to decide before the election scheduled for May 2015.

Campbell remains a highly influential figure in the Labour movement, and would be one of the party's most high-profile MPs if elected, but his candidacy might prove controversial because of his role in the effort to win support for the war in Iraq.

Speaking to LBC 97.3 radio from the Labour conference in Manchester on Monday, Mr Campbell was asked by presenter Iain Dale: "Any chance of you standing at the next election?"

He responded: "All I'll say to you is I get a lot of people asking me, particularly when I'm up here, and I do think about it and I am thinking about it and I don't think there's a fantastic rush. We sort of know when the next election is."

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    Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (centre) celebrates with team mates at Salford City Football Club, Salford, after his side won the Labour MPs Vs Press Lobby football match prior to the start of the Labour Party Annual Conference in Manchester.

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    Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, right, and team mates at Salford City Football Club, Salford, during the Labour MPs Vs Press Lobby football match prior to the start of the Labour Party Annual Conference in Manchester.

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    Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband travels with his son Daniel on the train to Manchester ahead of the LabourÕs Annual Conference.

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    Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband speaks during a question and answer session at East Manchester Academy ahead of Labour's Annual Conference.

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    Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband speaks during a question and answer session at East Manchester Academy ahead of LabourÕs Annual Conference.

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    Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband speaks during a question and answer session at East Manchester Academy ahead of LabourÕs Annual Conference.