Richard and I are very touched by the kind messages we’ve received since we told friends about our engagement. It just seemed right to have that certainty in our lives at a rather uncertain time. Setting a date and a venue will have to wait til after the election!
Rich has been at my side through the highs and lows of the last five years, with his unique mix of modesty, good humour, common sense and loyalty. Kind, funny, and high-powered in his own job, he is incredibly supportive to me in my career (despite the fact that politics is not something he’d ever had much time for before we met). I’m a very lucky woman.
One thing that has NOT motivated us is the Tories’ ludicrous marriage tax break idea. The closer you examine it, the worse it looks. It wouldn’t help couples where both work. It wouldn’t help married woman abandoned by their partners – but it would help their philandering husbands on marriages number 2, 3, 4 or more.
You get married because you love each other and want to be together for ever. Not because of a tax break.