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Friday, 7 January, 2000, 18:36 GMT
Brown to stay put at No 10

Mr Blair has told Mr Brown there is no need to move out


Downing Street has denied Chancellor Gordon Brown is leaving the flat at number 10 so Tony Blair's baby can have its own nursery.

It had been reported that Mr Brown would move out of his accommodation temporarily when the Blairs' new baby is born in May.


The Blairs live over No 11
A Downing Street spokesman said " There's no truth in these reports that Gordon Brown is vacating number 10 to make room for the Blair family.

"He's staying where he is."

Although the chancellor traditionally lives at the flat above 11 Downing Street, Mr Brown, who is unmarried, and the Blair family swapped living accommodation after the general election.

The flat above 10 Downing Street was too small for Mr and Mrs Blair and their three children, Euan, Nicky and Kathryn.


Gordon Brown: Lives above No 10
Shortly after the news of the baby was announced in November, Downing Street said there would be no need for Mr Brown to move out of his flat.

It has been reported that Mr Blair wanted the new baby to sleep with him and Cherie in their bedroom.

Number 10 Downing Street has been used by prime ministers since Sir Robert Walpole was offered the house by King George II in 1732.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries it would normally be occupied by chancellors while the prime ministers would live in their private houses or estates.

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