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Britain's Blairs have baby boy

The wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair gave birth to a baby boy early today. It is the couple's fourth child. Cherie Blair, 45, and the baby were in good health, officials at Blair's Downing Street office said.

Mrs. Blair had been due to give birth May 24 but was admitted to Chelsea and Westminster hospital in west London at midday Friday. The prime minister joined her early in the evening.

The boy, whose name was not immediately disclosed, becomes the first child born to a serving British prime minister in 152 years. No details of the birth were disclosed. The Downing Street spokesman said only that the couple were "delighted."

Mrs. Blair is a prominent lawyer who practices under her maiden name of Cherie Booth. She and the prime minister have two teenage sons, Euan and Nicholas, and a 12-year-old daughter, Kathyrn. Despite heavy public hints from his wife, Blair has said he will not be taking parental leave

Lord John Russell was the previous prime minister whose wife gave birth while in office. The Russells had a son in 1848.

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