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Blair Office Denies Homework Call

December 4, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office denied a report that his wife had phoned defense officials for help with their eldest son’s homework.

An article in London’s Evening Standard newspaper said the prime minister’s wife had called the Ministry of Defense because Euan, 17, was taking part in a school debate about the ``nuclear deterrent″ and needed some background information.

Blair’s spokesman insisted on Monday that Cherie Blair had asked a Downing Street official to help her son _ who then telephoned defense staff on his own initiative.

The Blairs have four children _ Euan, Nicky, 15; Kathryn, 13; and 1-year-old Leo, the first child born to a serving prime minister since 1848.

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