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Brown backs Blair for EU presidency.

Summary: Gordon Brown has said Tony Blair would make an "excellent" first president of the European Council.

Gordon Brown has said Tony Blair would make an "excellent" first president of the European Council.

Speaking in Brussels at the start of a two-day EU summit, the Prime Minister said Mr Blair had the right credentials for the job.

However, he stressed Mr Blair had yet to declare himself as a candidate and the EU leaders had yet to agree whether to establish the presidency under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty.

Mr Brown told a news conference: "We, the British Government, believe that Tony Blair would be an excellent candidate and an excellent person to hold the job of president of the council."

He added: "The European agenda for the next five years will be jobs, growth, climate change and world trade. That is the long-term agenda and Tony Blair is well placed for that."

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