Devastating news for Tony Blair’s wife Cherie

Tony Booth, the Till Death Us Do Part actor and father of Cherie Blair, has died aged 85.

The political campaigner, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004 and had also suffered heart problems, passed away on Monday night.

Booth had a 50-year acting career and appeared in television shows including Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and The Bill.

He was also a political activist as well as father to Cherie Blair QC and father-in-law to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

But decades before, he was better known to television viewers as “Scouse git” Mike, the long-haired left-wing son-in-law of right-wing cockney Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part.

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

When his son-in-law Mr Blair became Prime Minister in 1997, his political views proved to be an occasional thorn in the Labour leader’s side.