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Blair 'found Brown maddening yet brilliant'

1st September 2010

The much-anticipated memoirs of former prime minister Tony Blair have given details of his side of the feud with Gordon Brown.

In A Journey, which is published today, Blair revealed intimate details of how the relationship between him and Brown broke down and led to difficulties in his leadership of the Labour Party.

'So was he difficult, at times maddening? Yes. But he was also strong, capable and brilliant, and those were qualities for which I never lost respect,' he explained.

In the memoirs, which took Blair three years to write, he also said that he feels 'desperately sorry' for the families of the people killed in the Iraq war, although he falls short of apologising for bringing the UK into the conflict.

Turning to personal matters, the former prime minister admitted that he dealt with the pressures of his position by drinking every day, conceding that he began to rely on alcohol as a form of support.

Last month, Blair said that he would be giving his GBP 4.6 million book advance to the Royal British Legion, to help the charity fund its Battle Back Challenge Centre medical facility.

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