Cherie Blair not sorry for controversial autobiography

June 12th, 2008 - 1:37 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, June 12 (ANI): Cherie Blair has once again defended her widely publicised memoirs Speaking For Myself, insisting she had been right to continue to work as a barrister while she was the prime minister’s wife, and that she is not sorry about writing the tome.

Cherie, who was in Edinburgh’s Royal College of Physicians to address the audience about her controversial autobiography, spoke candidly about prejudices she faced trying to carve out her career.

She revealed that she was more politically inclined than her husband Tony Blair when they were both lawyers, and told of her determination to take on cases despite their political sensitivity.

Cherie told the audience that Britain risked an entire generation of young people shunning jobs that had a public role because of fears over the level of scrutiny they would come under.

Her autobiography also includes criticisms of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who she said was rattling the keys of No 10 while her husband was still in office, and details of how her son Leo was only conceived because she was too embarrassed to take contraception with her to Balmoral.

She has also been slammed by the family of Dr Kelly, the government expert at the centre of the Iraq war dossier row, for writing about his suicide.

However, she said it wouldnt have been right to omit his death from the book because of the impact it had on the Blairs and the distress it caused her husband.

Blair said it was bad for the country that high-profile figures were demonized in the media and that women in particular were regularly berated for their clothes and appearance.

However, she admitted she had been wrong to famously snipe We won’t miss you! at photographers after leaving Downing Street for the last time.

“I would speak to some of the photographers and would know them quite well. I know I should have bitten my tongue, but it just came out. I shouldn’t have done it,” Scotsman quoted her, as saying.

Cherie said that her husband had read the book before its publication and thought he had quite enjoyed it.

However, she added: “I’m sure he was probably squirming at some points, particularly over the more touchy-feely stuff, but I’m not apologizing for any of it.” (ANI)

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