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Blair admits spelling gaffe

PUBLISHED: 09:54 24 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

AFTER days of denials from the Downing Street press office, Prime Minister Tony Blair has finally admitted what The Evening Star told you on Wednesday - he can't spell tomorrow!

The Premier admitted his gaffe publicly yesterday during a speech in Birmingham.

AFTER days of denials from the Downing Street press office, Prime Minister Tony Blair has finally admitted what The Evening Star told you on Wednesday – he can't spell tomorrow!

The Premier admitted his gaffe publicly yesterday during a speech in Birmingham.

"There was a lame, what can only be described as a very lame attempt by my press office to suggest it was my handwriting.

"I regret I have to put my hands up and say it was indeed my spelling that was at fault."

Mr Blair had written to Labour candidate Chris Mole on Wednesday wishing him luck in the by-election "toomorrow" – and had repeated the spelling mistake three times.

The Star spotted the error, and published the story in our main edition on Wednesday – by Thursday, by-election day itself, the story was in almost all the national newspapers, on television and radio news.

The gaffe even achieved immortality last night – it was a question in the BBC's "Have I Got News for You" programme.

But the Number 10 press office has always strongly denied that the Prime Minister's spelling was at fault – claiming it was simply his handwriting.

That argument fell apart when Mr Blair's former English teacher at Fettes College in Edinburgh, Ian Robertson who is now the BBC's rugby correspondent, revealed he had always had difficulty with one word.

"He always had difficulty with the word tomorrow, even 30 years ago,' Mr Robertson told the radio station.

"If I told him once I must have told him a thousand times."

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