Survey says Blair 'least trustworthy politician' in UK

Tony Blair is the least trustworthy politician in Britain, a new survey found today.

Tony Blair is the least trustworthy politician in Britain, a new survey found today.

The poll also showed Blair's chancellor, Gordon Brown, was the most trustworthy, beating UK Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy into second spot and Tory leader Michael Howard into third.

Even ousted Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith fared better than Mr Blair as did Clare Short and Robin Cook who quit his cabinet over the Iraq war.

The poll was carried out by website CyberBritain.com.

The firm asked more than 13,000 people in the run-up to Christmas to pick the most and least trustworthy politicians from a list of 30.

Almost 4,000 picked Mr Blair as the least trustworthy. One said: “He’s an actor, there seems to be so little truth in anything he says.”

Others pointed to his key role in university top-up fees, the war in Iraq, the David Kelly affair and foundation hospitals.

CyberBritain.com’s Benjamin Cohen said: “That Tony Blair was voted as the most untrustworthy was not a huge surprise but that Margaret Hodge should feature so prominently was not expected.”

The full trustworthiness table follows:

Gordon Brown

Charles Kennedy

Michael Howard

Robin Cook

Oliver Letwin

Michael Portillo

Clare Short

John Prescott

Theresa May

Iain Duncan Smith

Tim Yeo

David Trimble

Peter Hain

David Davis

Simon Hughes

Patricia Hewitt

Michael Ancram

Alex Salmond

Menzies Campbell

Lembit Opik

Vincent Cable

Jack Straw

Ian Paisley

John Reid

Diane Abbott

Alistair Darling

David Blunkett

Margaret Hodge

Charles Clarke

Tony Blair.

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