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Miliband backs Blair presidency

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The Foreign Secretary David Miliband has given his backing to Tony Blair's candidacy to be the first permanent President of the European Union.

Mr Miliband said he was "puzzled" by Conservative opposition to the prospect of having a British politician in such a senior European role.

He told Andrew Marr that he believes a Blair presidency would be "very good for Britain as well as very good for Europe".

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