Blair 100% recovered, says No 10

Prime Minister Tony Blair was back at his desk in 10 Downing Street and fully recovered from his heart scare, his official spokesman said.

Mr Blair was "fit, fine, in good spirits and 100 per cent recovered" and had already held meetings, the spokesman said.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was giving a statement to the House of Commons in place of the Prime Minister later, but Mr Blair is planning to resume his normal schedule from tomorrow.

He will attend his regular audience with the Queen tomorrow, and face questions in the Commons and give a speech on public services on Wednesday.

On Thursday he will hold his monthly press conference after chairing Cabinet before setting off on a regional tour, the spokesman said.

Mr Blair spent five hours in hospital yesterday receiving treatment after complaining of chest pains while staying at Chequers, his official country home in Buckinghamshire.

Doctors at London's Hammersmith Hospital gave him a cardioversion, a relatively common procedure to regulate the heartbeat.

Today his official spokesman told reporters: "He is fit, fine, in good spirits and 100 per cent recovered.

"I have seen him this morning and I have to say, if I hadn't known that he had been in hospital, I wouldn't have known from seeing him this morning.

"He has been told to take it a bit easier for today, which is why Jack Straw is making a statement, but he is holding meetings in Downing Street as usual."

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