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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK
Leo comes before world heads
Tony, Cherie and Leo Blair
Mr Blair will stop at home with his family
Prime Minister Tony Blair is pulling out of a summit with 13 world leaders, including US President Bill Clinton, because of the birth of baby Leo.

The summit, on 3 June in Berlin, is due to debate modern styles of government, including Mr Blair's famous "third way" political philosophy.

Mr Blair had planned to attend, despite the arrival of his fourth child, but after the birth has decided to scale down his engagements.

President Clinton
President Clinton will have to wait to see Mr Blair
A Downing Street spokesman said: "He was planning to go but is not now going because he has cleared his diary of all official engagements except audiences of the Queen."

The Prime Minister decided to clear his diary after baby Leo's birth last Saturday, despite having said he would not take formal paternity leave.

He is not expected to return to normal working patterns until Monday 5 June, at the earliest.

South African President Thabo Mbeki and European heads of state and government will all be attending the Berlin summit.

Among issues on the agenda will be the idea of the "third way" between unfettered market forces and old-style socialism.

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