Cherie Blair has formally opened the University of East London's Sir John Cass School of Education. The barrister, campaigner and wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair was met by UEL's chair of governors, Mark Stephens, and Susan Price, acting vice-chancellor, who gave her a tour of the facilities. These include research and teaching areas; a music, dance and drama studio; an ICT lab; an art studio and science labs. Kevin Everett, treasurer and chairman of the Sir John Cass Foundation, said the school was "a new milestone in our foundation's work". Sir John was a merchant, politician and philanthropist who lived from 1661 to 1718.