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.’