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Blair grilled by Little Ant & Dec
Little Ant & Dec with Tony Blair
Mr Blair presented the boys with a pair of Newcastle United shirts
Forget Jeremy Paxman, Prime Minister Tony Blair got his toughest interview at the hands of a pair of 10-year-olds.

TV stars Little Ant and Little Dec quizzed Mr Blair on a range of unusual topics at 10 Downing Street on Friday.

In the interview Mr Blair revealed he has never eaten a Turkey Twizzler, and admitted John Prescott had a "grumpy face" and a "mean right hook".

The interview was shown on ITV1's Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway as it went head-to-head with Doctor Who.

Demanding questions

The duo - real names James Pallister and Dylan McKenna-Redshaw told the prime minister: "We've heard that you sometimes don't answer questions properly.

"Can you make sure you answer ours today, please - we've spent a long time writing them."

Mr Blair agreed to their demands but admitted he was a little nervous.

Little Ant & Dec with Tony Blair
That's the trouble, you like the things that are bad for you
Tony Blair

Little Dec asked Mr Blair if he had ever tried a Turkey Twizzler, adding "they're really nice, you know".

The Prime Minister replied: "No, I haven't", but added he does have a taste for chips.

"That's the trouble, you like the things that are bad for you," he added.

Turkey Twizzlers have become a political hot potato in recent months with TV chef Jamie Oliver targeting them, and other fast food, as part of his campaign for healthier school dinners.

Oliver met the prime minister on Wednesday to discuss the issue and the government promised more money to improve school dinners.

The pair also asked Mr Blair whether he would ever consider doing "Changing Rooms" with next-door neighbour Chancellor Gordon Brown.

Mr Blair burst out laughing and said: "No."

The pair then asked why Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott "always looks so grumpy".

Mr Blair admitted: "He has got a bit of a grumpy face, hasn't he?

"He's actually got a very good sense of humour. You just don't want to get on the wrong side of him. He's got a mean right hook."

Union Jack knickers

The boys also tackled the issue of poverty, asking: "Why can't you get extra money printed for poorer people, it's only paper after all."

Mr Blair attempted to explain the fundamentals of inflation, saying:

"The more extra money you print, the more it loses its value and what happens is the prices start to rise ... so money becomes worthless ... we haven't got inflation at the moment, but when we had it prices go up, which is bad for people."

But his explanation appeared to have little effect.

The duo also presented Mr Blair with gifts for wife Cherie, after she complained at never receiving flowers from her husband.

They included a pink feather boa, flowers, chocolates, and a pair of Union Jack knickers, to Mr Blair's amusement.

In return he gave the boys Newcastle United shirts with Number 10, and their names printed on the back, which he then signed for them.




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