Blair's wife spent $13,700 on campaign hairstyling

Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party spent 7,700 pounds (US$13,700) on hairstyling bills for his wife, Cherie, during last year's month-long general election campaign, a newspaper reported Thursday. The party would not comment directly on the report's accuracy, but suggested there was nothing wrong with such expenditures. "So what?" a Labor spokeswoman said, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with party policy. "Mrs. Blair worked fantastically hard during the election. ... She is enormously popular with the party and, don't forget, we won the election." The Times newspaper said the party had listed the styling bills as an election expense, 275 pounds (US$490) a day for a month of campaigning, in its mandatory declaration to the Electoral Commission. The commission declined to comment.