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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blair Opts for No. 11

LONDON -- Britain's new first family began moving Monday into Downing Street -- but next door to the traditional base of the prime minister.


Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, have decided that the apartment above 10 Downing Street is too small for them, their three children and a nanny. They have instead chosen to live in 11 Downing Street, the traditional address of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which is more spacious.


Their decision means that unmarried chancellor Gordon Brown, who has long had designs to be prime minister but stood aside to allow Blair to be Labour's leader, will at least realize his ambition of living in No. 10.