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Actor Tony Booth, dad of Cherie Blair, dies aged 85

By PA Reporters

Actor Tony Booth, who played "Scouse git" Mike in sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, has died.

Booth (85), who was the father of Cherie Blair, died on Monday.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004 and had also suffered heart problems.

A statement released on behalf of his wife Steph Booth said: "It is with sadness we announce the death of Antony Booth, actor and political campaigner.

"Tony passed away with close family members in attendance.

"The family ask for their privacy to be respected at this time."

Booth's character in the hugely popular sitcom reflected his own left-wing political beliefs.

He was known to television viewers as "Scouse git" Mike, the long-haired son-in-law of right-wing cockney Alf Garnett.

The sitcom aired on the BBC for 10 years from 1965-75, and there was a sequel and remakes in other countries, notably a popular version in the US, All In The Family, as well as a film version.

When Mr Booth's son-in-law Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1997 his political views proved to be an occasional thorn in the PM's side.

Mr Booth, who joined the Labour Party at the age of 15, railed against "androids" at Labour's Millbank HQ in 1999 and a year later said his daughter's husband had stuffed the House of Lords with "Tony's cronies".

He also criticised the Blairs for choosing to send their eldest son to the selective and grant-maintained London Oratory School.

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