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Cherie Blair to sue News International in phone hacking fallout

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By John Glenday | Reporter

February 23, 2012 | 1 min read

Cherie Blair has become the latest litigant in a long line of outraged celebrities who claim that their phones were hacked after throwing her hat into the ring in a clamour for compensation pay-outs.

Blair announced that she is to sue both News International, who allegedly published stories based on information obtained from hacking, and Glen Mulcaire, the private investigator who allegedly conducted the hacking.

It is unclear when Blair believes she was targeted but was prominent in the country from may 1997 to June 2010 as the wife of the Prime Minister.

In a terse statement Graham Atkins, Blair’s lawyer, said: “I can confirm that we have issued a claim on behalf of Cherie Blair in relation to the unlawful interception of her voicemails.

"I will not be commenting any further at this time."

News International has already reached out of court settlements with 58 individuals, including actor Jude Law and the son of serial killer Harold Shipman and faces at least a further 50 civil actions.

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