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Sunday, January 24, 1999 Published at 17:37 GMT

UK Politics

Blairs angry over school story

Cherie Blair and family: Unwelcome attention

Tony and Cherie Blair is writing to the Press Complaints Commission about a newspaper story about their daughter and her new school.

The Mail on Sunday story alleged the prime minister had received preferential treatment in obtaining a place for his daughter Kathryn at the school in Hammersmith, west London.

It quoted what it described as angry parents who claimed their children had been denied places.

'Special case'

The paper described the Sacred Heart High School, a comprehensive, as one of London's most popular Roman Catholic girls' schools.

Mr Blair has faced criticism in the past when he chose the grant-maintained London Oratory school for his sons.

A Downing Street spokesman told the Mail on Sunday the admissions procedure was a matter for the school, and that Kathryn had received no special treatment.

Shadow Education Secretary David Willetts told the Mail on Sunday: "It cannot be right for the prime minister's family to enjoy what appears to be special favouritism."

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