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2000: Prime Minister's son arrested for drunkenness

Prime Minister Tony Blair's eldest son, Euan, has been arrested for being drunk and incapable.

Police found the 16-year-old lying on the ground in Leicester Square last night after celebrating the end of his GCSE exams with friends.

He had been vomiting and was unwell but when paramedics reported that he did not need medical treatment he was taken to Charing Cross police station.

There he gave a false name - Euan John - an old address and a date of birth that suggested he was 18.

A search by police revealed his true identity and Special Branch were called to confirm that he was the PM's son.

This incident takes place at a testing time for the Prime Minister, who has faced fierce criticism over policies like on-the-spot fines for drunks.


"Being a Prime Minister can be a tough job, but I always think that being a parent is probably tougher. "

Tony Blair

His leadership style has also come into focus after he was heckled at the Women's Institute conference last month and was lampooned by former ally, novelist Ken Follett.

It is particularly embarrassing because Mr Blair and his wife, Cherie, have a reputation for being strict parents.

In a statement from Downing Street Euan has apologised for inconveniencing the police, the state he was in and for giving false information.

Mrs Blair has flown home early from a holiday in Portugal with baby Leo and her mother.

Speaking at a conference in Brighton Tony Blair said: "Being a prime minister can be a tough job, but I always think that being a parent is probably tougher."

Mr Blair will also appear on Question Time this evening when he will emphasise that his son should not be treated any differently from other young offenders.

Both of Euan's parents are expected to accompany him when he returns to Charing Cross police station to find out what action is to be taken.

He will receive either a verbal reprimand, a recorded warning or - the least likely outcome - a charge.

In Context
On 7 July Euan Blair and his parents went to Kennington police station where he received a final warning for being drunk and incapable.

In October 2001 Euan had another brush with the law when he was the victim of an attempted robbery by a gang of youths in Swiss Cottage, north London.

Later in the year the papers reported that Cherie Blair had abused her position by asking civil servants to assist with Euan's homework.

Early in 2002 the PCC upheld complaints that two newspapers had invaded Euan's privacy by reporting that he was applying for a university place at Oxford.


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