Tony Blair nearly quit as PM 'to seek presidency of European Commission'
The diaries of Alastair Campbell, Mr Blair's high-profile director of communications, suggest Mr Blair sounded out the likes of then French president Jacques Chirac and then German chancellor Gerhard Schroder on the possibility of him taking over the top job in Europe.
Serialised in The New European, Mr Campbell claims that Mr Blair only abandoned the plan because he feared he was being driven out of office by the well documented battle between Mr Blair and his then chancellor Gordon Brown.
Mr Campbell's diaries also claim that Mr Blair openly talked about quitting on the night he won his... read more
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