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Last Updated: Monday, 25 June 2007, 21:17 GMT 22:17 UK
Blair gets guitar at leaving do
Tony Blair
Mr Blair was in a band called Ugly Rumours while at university
Labour MPs and peers have given outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair a steel-string acoustic guitar as a leaving present.

Mr Blair held his last meeting with the Parliamentary Labour Party in the Commons on Monday, saying his successor Gordon Brown would be a "great leader".

The PM is a keen guitarist and a former member of a band.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, who is also stepping down, was given a stand for holding drinks decanters.

'European role'

Mr Blair told MPs and peers that Labour must maintain its discipline and continue to occupy the centre ground of politics.

He also said the party had to keep moving with the electorate.

Mr Prescott said he now intended to put his name forward for membership of the Council of Europe.

Mr Blair and Mr Prescott arrived at the meeting together and were greeted by applause and whoops of delight.

They both leave office after prime minister's questions at lunchtime on Wednesday.

They have been Labour's leader and deputy leader since 1994.




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