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MP's wife Anne Jenkin gets seat in House of Lords
ANNE Jenkin has been given a seat in the House of Lords.
The wife of Tory North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin was made a peer because of her charitable and political work for the Conservative Party.
While she is not giving any media interviews about receiving the title, her husband spoke of his delight at the news.
Mr Jenkin said: “I’m absolutely thrilled for her. It’s a great honour and I’m sure she will give it her all.”
The exact wording of her title has not been made public yet, and it is not known when she will take up her position.
She follows in the footsteps of a formidable political family with strong links to the House of Lords.
Her grandfather JCC Davidson was a peer in the Twenties and his wife, Mrs Jenkin’s grandmother, was Lady Mimi Davidson.
Lady Davidson was the only Tory woman elected as an MP in 1945, and subsequently was made a peer a few years later.
Mrs Jenkin’s other grandfather, Lord Rayleigh, held a hereditary title dating back to the 18th century. Her younger brother uses the title Lord Rayleigh but does not sit in the House of Lords since hereditary peerages were abolished.
She will sit in the House of Lords alongside her father-in-law Lord Jenkin of Roding.
Mrs Jenkin’s political work for the Conservatives has included co-founding Women2Win, a campaign to get more women Conservatives into Parliament.
Described by the Guardian newspaper as a “Tory mover and shaker in her own right”, Mrs Jenkin has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities, including the Student Partnership Worldwide.
Others to be given seats in the House of Lords include Oona King, head of diversity at Channel 4 Television and former Labour MP; family law lawyer Fiona Shackleton, who has represented Sir Paul McCartney and members of the Royal Family, and Ray Collins, general secretary of the Labour Party.
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