CHERIE: "I DEVOURED HER LOVE"
ANJI HUNTER: "SEXY - WITH DEVASTATING EFFECT"
"Anji was my best friend. We had known each other since the age of 16 when I had tried climbing inside her sleeping bag at a party in the North-West of Scotland (without success!).
She had looked after me at university, turned up in my life again when I was an MP and had been with me ever since. She was sexy and exuberant and used both attributes to devastating
"We met [Tony and Gordon meet in a variety of clandestine destinations while carving up the Labour leadership in the mid-1990s] in the flat owned by the parents of my old girlfriend and first love, Amanda Mackenzie Stuart ... And I loved the romance of meeting at Amanda's. You know the first person you ever fall in love with; you know the incredible outpouring of desire, the overwhelming sense of something unique, inexpressible, inexplicable and even at points incomprehensible, but so thrilling, uplifting, your heart pumping and soaring? I was eighteen, in my last year of Fettes. She was the only girl at the school - the first, the experiment, and so chosen because she was the daughter of the chairman of the governors... I wasn't afraid there, and somehow in some slightly odd way, in Amanda's home, surrounded by evidence of her presence, I felt a confidence about the task in hand..."