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June 28, 2007

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Cherie tells media: we won't miss you

Cherie Blair fired a parting shot at the media as she left Downing Street this afternoon by quipping: "Goodbye. I don't think we'll miss you."
The prime minister's wife risked souring an otherwise smooth and emotional round of farewells for Tony Blair by venting her feelings towards the broadcasters, photographers and reporters who have trailed her family closely for more than a decade.

After standing with her four children and silent husband on the steps of 10 Downing Street for a final photo opportunity, Mrs Blair turned straight to the television camera standing just feet away to give her final words as Britain's "first lady".

Clad in a fuchsia pink coat, Mrs Blair smiled and said to reporters: "Goodbye. I don't think we'll miss you."

It is not the first time the gaffe-prone Mrs Blair has spoken out of turn.
At last year's Labour party conference in Manchester, Mrs Blair upset the apple cart when Gordon Brown told delegates what a "privilege" it had been to work for her husband.

Mrs Blair was overheard by a reporter saying: "Well, that's a lie..." She later denied making the comment but the damage had already been done.

An embarrassed Mr Blair was forced to make a joke about it in his keynote conference speech.

Mrs Blair, who goes by her own name in her working life as Cherie Booth QC, has attracted her fair share of negative coverage over the years.

She is believed to have been stung by some of the more personal attacks, particularly in the early years when unkind articles were written about her hair and appearance.

Hélène Mulholland
Wednesday June 27, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

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