Conservative MPs Andrea Jenkyns and Jack Lopresti have nicknamed their son ‘Brexit Clifford’

Couple came up with the name after their baby was born on same day Article 50 was implemented

Samantha Yule
Wednesday 03 January 2018 19:07
The two politicians had their nuptial last month
The two politicians had their nuptial last month

Conservative MPs Andrea Jenkyns and Jack Lopresti said they have nicknamed their son "Brexit Clifford" - because he was born when Article 50 was triggered in Parliament.

Clifford, who is now nine-months-old, was named after the MP for Morley and Outwood, Andrea's father.

The MP spoke of her delight after her festive wedding this year to fellow MP Jack Lopresti. Their son was a ring bearer at their celebration on 22 December, last year.

The pair, who hit the headlines when they began their relationship as an affair, married at an intimate ceremony in Palace of Westminster chapel.

The two Brexiteers first met at a baseball game in Washington in 2015 where they were part of a parliamentary delegation.

That same year, Andrea won her seat over then Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.

The 22 December wedding took place in historic 13th century chapel of St Mary Undercroft.

The ceremony, attended by 70 of the couple’s closest family and friends, was led by Speaker’s Chaplain the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, followed by reception on the Parliamentary estate.

Andrea said: "I am absolutely delighted to have married Jack here and was lucky enough to have our son, Clifford, as ring bearer. I would like to thank my mother Valerie for walking me down the aisle today and for her love and support.

"My father Clifford, whom my son is named after, died six years ago and my thoughts and prayers were with him".

Clifford Jr's birth was announced to the Commons Chamber amid much merriment with congratulations from the Speaker and Prime Minister.

Mr Loprest, has represented his defence and aerospace constituency of Filton and Bradley Stoke since 2010.

A former army reservist who served in Afghanistan, he suffered a health scare in 2013 when he was diagnosed with cancer.

He said: "I’d like to thank everyone for attending the ceremony, especially my daughter Sophie, who gave one of the readings, my best man Tim Bowles, and Andrea’s older sister Deborah, matron of honour."

The couple are honeymooning in Venice before returning to their duties in the New Year.


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