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age of Tin­der and on­line dat­ing, could for­mer Tory Cabi­net min­is­ter Nor­man Teb­bit be help­ing to re­vive a more civilised form of match-mak­ing?

Lord Teb­bit tells me he helped bring about an ‘ar­ranged mar­riage’ for his only daugh­ter, Ali­son, af­ter her first union col­lapsed.

‘I and another friend of mine were aware of a Dan­ish chap, Poul, who’s about her age,’ says Teb­bit. ‘His wife had de­serted him and left him with teenage chil­dren to bring up; my daugh­ter brought up her kids through her failed mar­riage. They were both a bit lost and didn’t know what to do.

‘We ar­ranged that the two would be seated next to each other at a din­ner. In no time at all, they were mar­ried.’

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