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King trumped by Baroness

November 18, 2011 11:04 AM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

(Also available to watch on the BBC site here.)

'Who is Baroness Trumpington?', you ask. The Telegraph fills us in:

Lady Trumpington - affectionately known by her colleagues as Trumpers - served as a code breaker at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

She was once Mayor of Cambridge and between 1989 to 1992 was a minister of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food - which, at the age of 69, made her the oldest woman minister ever.

In 2005, she was made a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. As a Baroness-in-Waiting she was a member of the Royal Household.

A former 70-a-day smoker, Lady Trumpington is well-liked by colleagues for her wicked sense of humour and straight-talking.

She also came up with one of the best Desert Island Disc luxuries ever:

… she chose the Crown jewels as her luxury item, in order to maximise her chances of being rescued.