Cherie feels disappointed by criticism over her autobiography

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London, May 20 : Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie Blair has expressed disappointment over the storm of criticism stemming from the publication of excerpts of her autobiography 'Speaking For Myself'.

"Personal attacks are hurtful, everyone is human... these people writing about me don't know me, the real person. I was not expecting the reaction. I thought by now people would have lost interest in attacking me, but clearly that was rather na¯ve," The Mirror quoted her, as saying.

The details of her life have agitated people, who have even asked her to resign as a part-time judge.

Earlier, on May 15, a leading lawyer demanded her resignation and said, "Cherie Blair should be sacked as a judge over her "disgraceful memoirs" that "demean the legal profession." Cherie has been accused of causing embarrassment by revealing intimate details - such as the conception of her fourth child Leo - and of cashing in on Gordon Brown's woes.

Publication of her autobiography was allegedly rushed forward from this autumn over fears that Brown might no longer be in Number 10 by then.

Butler, 77, the senior judge at London's Southwark Crown Court for 13 years until 1997, said she should not continue as a recorder - a barrister appointed as a judge.

Cherie on May 15 insisted that she would not quit the law.

She said: "So many comments have been spoken only on the basis of the extracts and I think that if anyone reads the whole book, I don't think they would draw that conclusion."

ANI

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