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Mary Wilson, widow of former Labour prime minister, dies aged 102

Mary Wilson, the widow of Harold Wilson, the Labour prime minister, has died at 102 after a stroke.

Lady Wilson of Rievaulx wrote poetry and opposed her husband over Britain’s entry to the European Community.

She was married to the former prime minister for 55 years before his passing in 1995. The couple married on New Year’s Day in 1940.

She was exceptionally loyal to her husband, but remained very much a private person.

She became a published poet, whose works sold in the tens of thousands, and the couple had two sons – Robin who became a professor of mathematics and Giles who became a teacher.

Mary and Harold Wilson

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Jeremy Corbyn led tributes to Lady Wilson, calling her a “wonderful poet” who had provided huge support to her husband’s general electoral victories in the 1960s and 70s.

Mr Corbyn wrote on Twitter: “Sad to hear of the death of Mary Wilson. A wonderful poet and a huge support in Harold’s General Election victories. I send my condolences to her family and friends.”

Former Labour minister David Hanson also paid tribute to her and praised her support of the party.

During their time in Downing Street, the prime minister’s wife inspired the Private Eye parody feature Mrs Wilson’s Diary.

She hosted Sir John Betjeman at No 10 and the poet wrote a piece about a journey they took together to Diss.

Harold Wilson accompanied by his wife Mary, leaving No. 10

Lady Wilson was born Gladys Mary Baldwin in the Norfolk town in January 1916.

The daughter of a reverend, she wrote poetry from the age of six and became a shorthand typist in Cheshire after leaving school.

She met her future husband at a Cheshire tennis club in 1934 and the pair married on New Year’s Day in 1940.

They had two sons, Robin and Giles, the former now an emeritus professor in mathematics at the Open University, which was founded under his father’s government in the 1960s.

Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/07/lady-mary-wilson-wife-former-labour-prime-minister-dies-aged/

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