Tory MP couple nickname their baby 'Brexit Clifford'

3 January 2018, 16:17

Two Tory MPs have revealed they jokingly call their son 'Brexit Clifford' because he was born on the day Article 50 was triggered.

Andrea Jenkyns and Jack Lopresti, who both backed Leave in the EU referendum, named the baby Clifford after Ms Jenkyns' late father.

But because of the timing of the birth - on 29 March 2017 - they gave him a special nickname.

Ms Jenkyns made the revelation after her wedding in the Palace of Westminster.

She said: "I am absolutely delighted, to have married Jack here today and have been lucky enough to have our son, Clifford, as the ring bearer.

"I would like to thank my mother, Val, for walking me down the aisle today.

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

On Ms Jenkyns' website, a press release about the wedding added: "Baby Clifford was nicknamed 'Brexit Clifford' when he was born on the day Article 50 was triggered in Parliament."

Ms Jenkyns is MP for Morley and Outwood, having ousted former shadow chancellor Ed Balls in the 2015 general election by a margin of 422 votes.

She tweeted photos of Mr Lopresti and Clifford beaming on the Parliament terrace over-looking the River Thames and another of her wearing a flowing white wedding dress holding the baby in the Commons chamber.

Ms Jenkyns wrote in a post last week: "A massive thank you to all our family and friends for your love and support on our wedding day.

"To my amazing Mum who walked me down the aisle. Our beautiful boy Clifford and my lovely Jack. What a magical day."