Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cherie's Ex-Aide Blasts 'Hypocrite' Abbott

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cherie's Ex-Aide Blasts 'Hypocrite' Abbott

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Byline: JOE MURPHY

CHERIE BLAIRS'S former top aide today launched a stinging attack on Diane Abbott for sending her son to a public school, branding her a "complete hypocrite".

Fiona Millar also widened her attack to include middleclass parents who "play the system" to win places at the best state schools in what will be seen as a jibe at the Blairs themselves.

Her comments come ahead of a Channel 4 documentary made by Ms Millar, the partner of the Prime Minister's former director of strategy Alastair Campbell, in which she castigates parents for betraying state education.

Ms Millar, who resigned as Mrs Blair's chief aide at No10 two months ago, sends her three children to state schools and believes the system is being undermined by better-off families who join churches or move house to cream off the best places, depriving struggling schools of talent and support.

Of Ms Abbott, she told a newspaper: "I think she is a complete hypocrite. …

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