In a section on Cherie Blair in his soon to be published diaries, former UK Prime Ministerial media adviser Alastair Campbell relates how he discussed a report in a newspaper about a “bioelectric shield” pendant ‘that was supposed to ward off evil spirits and harmful rays” she had been pictured wearing.

As reported today by the London Telegraph he writes:

“I said to Fiona (Millar, Campbell’s partner and an adviser to Cherie), she had to get a hold of all this madder stuff but she said Cherie never raised it with her because she knew she would disapprove.”

“TB (Tony Blair) said they had to be slightly mad to cope,” he wrote. “He was very sympathetic to Cherie doing this alternative ******** because of he thought it was her way of coping.”