Cheri Boothtakes silk

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Cherie Booth, wife of the Labour leader Tony Blair, was among 71 new Queen's Counsel approved today. Ms Booth, 40, daughter of Till Death Us Do Part actor Tony Booth, is one of eight women in the list of 71 new QCs approved by the Queen.

The wife of the Labour leader was at the centre of a controversy earlier in the year when the Independent revealed she had appealed to acourt to return a bailed poll tax defaulter to jail, even though she knew him to be penniless. In her defence, it was said Ms Booth accepted cases on the "cab rank" principle, and acted according to the requirements of her profession.

Alsojoining the ranks of QCs is Nadine Radford, thought to be the first American woman practising barrister to take silk.

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