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Swine flu stops Cherie Blair trip

Cherie Blair
Mrs Blair's office confirmed she had a suspected case of swine flu

Cherie Blair has pulled out of a ceremony at Liverpool Hope University, where she was to be honoured, because she has suspected swine flu.

The wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair was to receive an honorary degree for her work in human rights and her support of the university.

The Lancashire-born barrister had been due to attend the event later.

"Cherie is a good friend of the university and our work," Bill Chambers, pro-vice-chancellor, said.

"On this occasion she had unfortunately had to withdraw, but we cannot comment further."

A spokesman for Mrs Blair said: "She has had to cancel because of a suspected case of swine flu."

Ms Blair's office said it would not comment on whether the mother-of-four had taken anti-viral drugs for swine flu.

The award will now be postponed to another graduation ceremony, either in January or next July.

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