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How Westminster killed the political wife

The absence of partners and families in this year’s election campaigns is not because politics has been enlightened

By Charlotte Lydia Riley  

The Arnolfini Portrait by van Eyck. Photo: Wikimedia commons

One thing absent this election is something I never thought I would miss: the unusual lack of Political Wives (and the lesser-spotted Political Husbands) from the campaign trail.

Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds has made the odd, carefully choreographed appearance—but her sari-clad appearance at Neasden Temple this weekend was her first joint visit with her boyfriend in this campaign. Laura Alvarez has been accompanying Jeremy Corbyn around the country on some of his visits, and has featured in a few…

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