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Cherie in US blast on Bush.

CHERIE Blair's criticisms of US policy on gay rights and the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were not political, Downing Street insisted yesterday.

The prime minister's wife was condemned for a speech to American students in which she backed court decisions against president George W Bush.

With just days to go until the country chooses a new president, she was accused of defying a convention that political figures remain unpartisan on foreign trips.

But a Number 10 spokesman said: ``Mrs Blair is a high-profile international human rights lawyer and she was expressing a view about the use of the Supreme Court in the American justice system. ''

In the behind-closed-doors address to students at Harvard University in Boston, Mrs Blair said recent Supreme Court decisions, such as giving legal protection to two Britons held at the Cuba camp and overturning anti-gay laws in Texas, were ``profoundly important''.

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