02/06/2014 09:09 BST | Updated 02/06/2014 09:59 BST

Tony Blair Is A 'Megalomanic' Who Can't Be EU President, Says Ukip MEP

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Tony Blair delivers a speech about Europe during a CBI event at the London Business School in central London.

Tony Blair's recent pointed interventions into European politics have triggered speculation that he is angling for a top job in Brussels, perhaps even president of the European Commission.

However the former prime minister insisted on Monday morning that he was not a candidate. "Don't get my position mixed up with this, that's not going to happen," he said.

Many British politicians would perhaps like to see a Briton in one of Europe's most powerful positions. But the former Labour leader has not escaped the legacy of Iraq.

The clarification was a relief to Ukip MEP Jane Collins, who told BBC Two's Daily Politics programme: "I'm so relieved to hear Tony Blair say he is not going to be a candidate, because quite frankly he is a megalomanic and a warmonger."

Looks like Blair can not count on the Ukip vote in the European Parliament. The feeling is probably mutual.

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