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Monday, 27 March, 2000, 14:03 GMT
Cherie Blair settles nanny case
Mail on Sunday front page
The story appeared in early editions of the Mail on Sunday
Cherie Blair has settled her legal action over the publication of details of family life inside 10 Downing Street, it was disclosed on Monday.

She took the action against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday, after it tried to print material from an account by the family's former nanny, Ros Mark.

At the time, Mrs Blair won an injunction which meant most copies of the paper never reached the news stands.

She then launched legal action against the publishers, Associated Newspapers, demanding damages and assurances that the material would never be used again.


Blairs on holiday
The Blairs are determined to protect their family life
The news that the case has been settled came in a statement issued by Mrs Blair.

It says she and Associated Newspapers Ltd have agreed to resolve her claim "amicably".

And it says Mrs Blair now has "all the assurance she needs that confidentiality agreements can protect the legitimate privacy of her and the Prime Minister's family life.

"This resolves the matter entirely to her satisfaction," the statement adds.

Associated Newspapers has given permanent undertakings to the High Court not to publish or disclose any information obtained directly or indirectly from Ros Mark relating to the period she worked for the Blairs.

'Social history'

The undertakings do not cover any material published by other media after Mrs Blair first obtained injunctions against Associated Newspapers.

Mrs Blair had already dropped legal action against Ms Mark, after accepting that she had not sent the 450-page account of her life with the Blairs to the Mail on Sunday.

Ms Mark insisted she had written the account as a "social history," which had not been intended to hurt the Blairs or to be published without their consent.

Mrs Blair also dropped a claim against Ms Mark's literary agent, Jonathan Harris, who had denied forwarding extracts from the manuscript to the newspaper.

At the time the injunction was granted, Associated Newspapers had argued it could not stand because the former nanny's story had appeared in the early editions, and was now in the public domain.

But the judge said the newspaper must have been aware of the existence of a confidentiality agreement Ms Mark had entered into with the Blairs.

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