Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair
CBE QC
Cherie Blair in Trento.jpg
In role
2 May 1997 – 27 June 2007
Preceded byNorma Major
Succeeded bySarah Brown
Personal details
BornCherie Booth (christened Theresa Cara Booth)[1]
(1954-09-23) 23 September 1954 (age 63)
Bury, Greater Manchester, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Tony Blair (m. 1980)
Children4
ParentsAntony Booth
Gale Howard
RelativesLauren Booth (paternal half-sister)
Alma materLondon School of Economics
The University of Law
ProfessionBarrister
Websitecherieblair.org

Theresa Cara "Cherie" Blair CBE QC (née Booth; born 23 September 1954), also known professionally as Cherie Booth, is a British barrister and lecturer. She is married to Tony Blair, who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Early life and education

Booth was born in 23 September 1954 at Fairfield General Hospital, Bury, Lancashire, England,[2] and brought up in Ferndale Road, Waterloo, Merseyside, just north of Liverpool. Although her birth was registered as 'Cherie', owing to her maternal grandmother's influence she was christened 'Theresa Cara' in deference to the requirement that she be given a saint's name.[3] Her father, British actor Tony Booth, left her mother, actress Gale Howard (14 February 1933 – 5 June 2016) (née Joyce Smith), when Cherie was 8 years old. Cherie and her younger sister Lyndsey were then brought up by Gale and their paternal grandmother Vera Booth, a devout Roman Catholic of Irish descent. The sisters attended Catholic schools in Crosby, Merseyside. Cherie Booth attended Seafield Convent Grammar, which is now part of Sacred Heart Catholic College, where she achieved 4 Grade-A GCE A Level passes.

She read law at the London School of Economics and graduated with First-Class Honours. Later she was enrolled at the College of Law and passed her BVC.[4] She came at the top of her year in the bar exams,[5] while teaching law at the Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster). She was the Labour candidate for the Conservative safe seat of North Thanet in Kent in the 1983 general election, losing to Roger Gale.[6]

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