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PM's gaffe on eve of by election

PUBLISHED: 16:08 21 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

PRIME Minister Tony Blair today sent a message to Ipswich Labour candidate Chris Mole - and showed the world he can't spell!

Mr Blair sent the handwritten note to Mr Mole's headquarters - and wrote "toomorrow" three times.

PRIME Minister Tony Blair today sent a message to Ipswich Labour candidate Chris Mole – and showed the world he can't spell!

Mr Blair sent the handwritten note to Mr Mole's headquarters – and wrote "toomorrow" three times.

Embarrassed officials at Labour's campaign headquarters made light of the gaffe.

"We hadn't noticed it," said campaign spokesman Phil Dilks. "It was a note Mr Blair wrote last night in support of Chris Mole and Ipswich Town's battle with Inter Milan."

The letter says:

This is just a note to wish you luck toomorrow. I know you understand that events have made it impossible to be with you. But best of luck to you and, of course, to Ipswich Town in toomorrow's big game.

I'm sure Inter won't be relishing this after Ipswich's superb performances in the last two rounds. I'll be watching on TV if I possibly can.

I hope that there are two good results for Ipswich toomorrow.

Best Wishes, Tony.

From a Prime Minister whose campaign slogan in 1997 was Education, Education, Education, the letter suggests he could have paid more attention during his spelling lessons!

Labour's opponents leapt on the spelling mistake.

"A Prime Minister who cannot spell tomorrow sending a message to yesterday's man sums up Labour's campaign in Ipswich," said Tory candidate Paul West.

And Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt was also scathing.

"While we appreciate he is under a great deal of stress at the moment, it does reinforce our campaign for more investment in education," she said.

One constituent who was not surprised about the spelling mistake was Sidegate Lane resident John Buss.

He sent back copies of Labour's election literature with grammatical errors corrected.

"If a party that claims to put education at the top of the political agenda makes such basic errors with the English language, then it doesn't deserve my vote," he said.

But Mr Blair should take heart – according to experts tomorrow is one of the 100 most commonly mis-spelt words in the English language.

If he needs to brush up on his grammar he can check them out at www.gcse.com.

N What do you think of education standards in Great Britain? Write in to Evening Star Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN with your views or email eveningstarletters@ecng.co.uk

N Ipswich by-election special see page 20…….

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