Fears about Blair's health fuelled by doctor's visit

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Tony Blair was taken ill after the Queen's Speech yesterday, triggering further speculation about his health.

Mr Blair saw a doctor after complaining of a stomach ache but was pronounced "fine" within hours. Last night, an official spokesman for the Prime Minister said: "In response to newspaper speculation, a lot of it inaccurate, we can confirm that late this afternoon the Prime Minister saw a doctor because he was experiencing stomach ache.

"He was checked over, he is now fine. He is working in his flat and will be chairing Cabinet tomorrow as usual."

It was second health scare in five weeks for Mr Blair, 50, who has prided himself on being very fit.

He had treatment last month during which he was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia, a condition which makes the heart beat faster than normal. Mr Blair spent five hours in hospital after complaining of chest pains while staying at Chequers. Doctors at Hammersmith Hospital in London gave him a cardioversion, an electric shock, to correct an irregular heartbeat.

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