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‘Cheriegate’ conman brings new embarrassment to Blairs

The Sunday Herald, UK
Mar. 7, 2004
James Cusick • Monday March 8, 2004

Fraudster returns to haunt PM

The Australian conman involved in the Cheriegate affair has surfaced again with a string of new and extraordinaryclaimsaboutlife inside Downing Street as he tries to promoteabookcoveringhis relations with the Blairs.

DowningStreetyesterdaydismissed his allegations published in Australia that the Prime Minister had an unusually close relationship with Carole Caplin,hiswifeCheries personal adviser for almost a decade.

Peter Foster, a jailed conman, was at the centre of the financial scandal that broke around Cherie Blair in late 2002 when he helped her buy two flats in Bristol, the university city of her son Euan.

Inaseriesofunsubstantiated claims, Foster currently living in Australias Gold Coast said that Caplin, who was his fiance until the fallout of the Cheriegate affair saw their brief relationship end, had an extraordinary influence over Blair.

Heclaimedthatthepolitical establishment in Britain would be astonishediftheyrealisedhow reliant Blair had become on the former topless model and dancer turned New Age lifestyle consultant.

The revelations are also set to appear in an extended form next week in Vanity Fair, a respected US magazine. Foster said that although Cherie Blair and Carole Caplin were good friends the true relationship is between Carole and Tony.

Foster has been fined and served jail in the UK, the US and Australia.

DowningStreetdismissedhis allegations and a spokeswoman said: Peter Foster is merely trying todrumuppublicityforhis book.Wehavenointentionof commenting.

Carole Caplin, who was initially reluctant to comment on the claims, later attacked Foster, stating: This is just a new way for Peter to get attention. He is just a fantasist and these absurd stories shouldnt be given any credibility.

Foster has been working on his autobiographysincehewas deported to Australia from Dublin in January last year. The book, A Question Of Deceit, is reported to be due for publication within weeks. Fosters comments yesterday will be seen as part of the hard-sell of a convicted fraudster.

He says the relationship between Blair and Caplin involved long walksinthewoodsaround Chequers and that they phoned each other at night, holding lengthy conversations.

During his own engagement to Caplin, Foster says he discovered that:

Carole was in love with Tony and I was caught in that triangle.

The intensity and the closeness of their relationship was something saw,wasamazedandannoyed by.

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