Cherie Blair has suspected swine flu, it was revealed today.

The former Prime Minister's wife has pulled out of a series of public engagements while she battles the illness.

It is understood she was identified as likely to have the virus on Tuesday.

Ex-premier Tony Blair and the couple's children have not shown any signs of being infected.

Mrs Blair has been given a course of Tamiflu, and told to rest.

The QC had been due to pick up an honorary degree at Liverpool's Hope University today, and also cancelled a staff barbecue to ensure the virus was not passed on.

Mr Blair's office refused to comment.