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Cherie speaks for herself

Martin Rosenbaum | 10:14 UK time, Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Cherie Blair thought that Downing St officials had compiled a report into her spending on clothes which they were refusing to show her.

According to her recent memoirs, this followed a row between her and the Cabinet Secretary Andrew Turnbull over discounts which the cost-conscious Mrs Blair had obtained from various clothing suppliers. A private secretary was then tasked with investigating the matter. 'A report was apparently written and presented, but, in spite of several requests, I never got a glimpse of it', writes Mrs Blair (p346 of 'Speaking for Myself').

I had hoped to obtain a copy of this report myself, which I could then have passed on to Mrs Blair, possibly asking for her comments in the process. But my FOI request for it has been turned down by the Cabinet Office on the grounds that they do not hold the information sought. The Histories, Openness and Records Unit tells me that they can find no evidence that there ever was such a report.

According to your own views, you may now consider that this little mystery has either been cleared up or is getting murkier.


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