Cherie Blair

British barrister and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (born 1954)
(Redirected from Cherie Booth)

Cherie Blair KC (born 23 September 1954), known professionally as Cherie Booth, is a British barrister. She is better known as the wife of the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. She also thought of a political career and was a Labour Party candidate in 1983, but has concentrated on her legal career.

Cherie Blair in 2011


  • As long as young people feel they have got no hope but to blow themselves up you are never going to make progress.
    • Charles Reiss, Hugh Muir "Cherie suicide bombing gaffe", Evening Standard (18 June 2002), p. 1
    • Speech at the launch of Medical Aid for Palestinians charity, 18 June 2002, referring to Palestinian suicide bombers; she later apologised for "any offence" caused.
  • It is not fair to Tony or to the Government that the entire focus of political debate at the moment is about me. I know I'm in a very special position, I'm the wife of the Prime Minister, I have an interesting job and a wonderful family, but I also know I am not Superwoman. The reality of my daily life is that I'm juggling a lot of balls in the air. Some of you must experience that.
    • "'Maybe I should have asked more questions'", The Times, 11 December 2002, p. 4.
    • Address to the 'Partners in Excellence' awards presentation, 10 December 2002, commenting on the scandal of her use of convicted fraudster Peter Foster to help her buy two flats in Bristol.
  • My immediate instinct when faced with the questions from The Mail on Sunday ten days ago was to protect my family's privacy and particularly my son in his first term at university, living away from home.
    • Ibid.
    • Cherie's voice broke when she referred to her son leaving home.
  • For many women, becoming a widow does not just mean the heartache of losing a husband, but often losing everything else as well. In too many countries, a woman who is widowed becomes in effect a non-person. Through no fault of her own, she can suffer social discrimination, stigma and even violence, sometimes, as in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, being forced to “cleanse” herself by having sexual intercourse with a relative or stranger.
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