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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Tony Blair wanted to promote Charles Clarke to foreign secretary to shore up Clarke's position as a credible leadership rival to Gordon Brown, the former cabinet minister has claimed.
The extraordinary revelation, in an interview with the New Statesman, is likely to anger Brown, who is keen to draw a veil over his sometimes bitter relations with the former prime minister.
In the article, to be published tomorrow, Clarke says Blair "had a great plan ... that he wanted me to be foreign secretary, because he thought that if I had been foreign secretary and home secretary I would be a credible opponent to Gordon as the leader of …