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Last Updated: Monday, 2 May, 2005, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK
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By Mark Simpson
BBC News

POSTED: Monday 2 May, 0925BST

He may look more like Charles Kennedy than Tony Blair, but TV presenter Chris Evans is siding with Labour.

Chris Evans at Labour rally
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The ginger-haired star introduced the PM at a Labour rally in Enfield last night, showered him with witty praise and then made a confession - he reads the Daily Telegraph.

Evans said it was unusual reading material for a socialist, but added that he liked the crossword and also wanted to find out what the Tories were up to. "They're not up to very much," he concluded, which went down well with the Labour audience.

Earlier, in a sun-lit school hall in Watford, the Health Secretary John Reid had been Mr Blair's warm-up man (not that the audience needed much heating up in the sauna-like conditions).

He had new nicknames for Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy - Mr Nasty and Mr Nice. Dr Reid was in his element. When Labour wants to get personal, it sends for the Doctor.

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