Cherie Blair Sues British Tabloid Over Reports Of "Secret Feud" With Sarah Brown

04/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Cherie Blair, Britain's former first lady, is striking back against recent tabloid reports that she is in a "secret feud" with current first lady, Sarah Brown. The Guardian's Leigh Holmwood reports that Blair has sued the tabloid publication, News of the World:

Cherie Blair has launched libel proceedings against the News of the World following an article that claimed she was engaged in a "secret feud" with Gordon Brown's wife, Sarah.

Blair is demanding an apology and damages over the piece, headlined "War of Silence: Cherie's Secret Feud with PM's Sarah", which appeared in the News International-owned paper on January 27 this year.

The News of the World report appears to have been taken off their website, but the following next-day summary from India's Top News explains what the allegedly-libelous article reported on Mrs. Blair:

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie has reportedly taken a vow not tospeak to Sarah, the wife of incumbent Premier Gordon Brown, for three years.

According to a News Of The World report, Cherie even scrapped the traditional "handover" summit between incoming and outgoing prime ministers' wives when Gordon Brown took over at Number 10.

Now, friends of the Browns fear Cherie will use her explosive new autobiography to take pot shots at the First Couple.

One Downing Street aide told us: "It feels like Cherie hates Sarah and we think the knives are being sharpened. The fact that the two women haven't talked for three years is entirely down to Cherie."