MP Rosie tops off ex­cit­ing year with en­gage­ment news

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page - By Gerry War­ren gwar­ren@thek­m­ @Ger­ry_war­ren

Can­ter­bury MP Rosie Duffield has topped a “roller­coaster” year in her new job by re­veal­ing she is get­ting mar­ried.

She has ac­cepted a pro­posal from part­ner Michael An­der­son and proudly an­nounced her en­gage­ment by post­ing a pic­ture of her di­a­mond ring on Twit­ter.

Speak­ing exclusively to the Gazette, she de­scribed first see­ing her 51-year beau when he walked into a Can­ter­bury Labour group meet­ing she was chair­ing two years ago.

“He’s 6ft 4in, so made quite an im­pres­sion, and I was def­i­nitely in­ter­ested,” said the 46-year-old mum, who has two teenage boys.

But Rosie re­vealed she “played it cool” and waited two weeks be­fore re­ply­ing to his email ask­ing if she would like to meet for cof­fee.

“Even­tu­ally, I told him I only had 25 min­utes but we ended up chat­ting for three-and-a-half hours,” she said.

Mr An­der­son, a dad-of-two who served in the RAF, be­came a maths teacher but has re­cently left ed­u­ca­tion to pur­sue other in­ter­ests.

Re­veal­ing how he pro­posed, Rosie said: “I had got home late from vot­ing in the House of Com­mons and had been asleep for about 10 min­utes when he woke me up and said he go­ing to ask me at Christ­mas but couldn’t wait. It was so nice and very ex­cit­ing so I didn’t get back to sleep at all.”

Rosie said no date or venue had been fixed for the wed­ding: “I just haven’t had time to think about that be­cause I’ve been rush­ing around try­ing to get ready for Christ­mas.”

The ex­cit­ing pro­posal came at the end of a hec­tic year for the newly-elected MP.

She ad­mit­ted the job came as a sur­prise af­ter one of the big­gest elec­toral up­sets in the coun­try saw long-serv­ing Con­ser­va­tive Sir Ju­lian Bra­zier ousted from the seat.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic and very ex­cit­ing but also a lit­tle bit like rid­ing a roller­coaster,” she said.

“But mostly I’m lov­ing it and it’s my dream job and a great priv­i­lege.

“At times it can be a bit over­whelm­ing be­cause there’s so much go­ing on at the mo­ment.

“You think you know what’s in­volved but it’s only once you get into parliament that you re­alise just how much work there is.

“I’m do­ing as much as I can be­cause I want to be a de­cent con­stituency MP so that peo­ple will have faith in me. So far I think I have helped quite a lot of peo­ple which is the best part of it.”

She added: “It’s a very de­mand­ing job but I think Michael knows what he’s let him­self in for.”

MP Rosie Duffield with fi­ance Michael An­der­son

MP Rosie Duffield proudly dis­plays her di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring on her Twit­ter page

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