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Blair’s wife’s campaign hair cost thousands

April 22, 2006

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— Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party spent $13,700 on hairstyling bills for his wife, Cherie, during last year's monthlong general election campaign, a newspaper reported Friday.

The party would not comment on the report's accuracy but suggested there was nothing wrong with such expenditures.

"So what?" a Labour spokeswoman said, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with party policy. "Mrs. Blair worked fantastically hard during the election. : She is enormously popular with the party and, don't forget, we won the election."

The Times newspaper said the party had listed the styling bills as an election expense - $490 a day for a month of campaigning - in its mandatory declaration to the Electoral Commission.

Cherie Blair, who uses the surname Booth in her professional life as a lawyer, has long had her hair done by Andre Suard, a stylist at the Michaeljohn salon.

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