Angela Rayner 'ends relationship with Labour MP Sam Tarry': Party members vow ... trends now
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner is reported to have ended her relationship with left-wing MP Sam Tarry.
Ms Rayner, 43, is said to have broken up with Mr Tarry, 41, just one day before she appeared in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
The mother-of-three, who previously referred to Mr Tarry as her 'soulmate', is said to have told friends she wishes to start a new chapter, The Mirror reports.
A friend said: 'She's been through a lot in her life but Ange is as tough as nails. You saw that this week, when she put her secret heartache aside and took the charge to the Tories at the despatch box.'
Another friend added: 'Ange has a lot of friends right across the Labour Party looking out for her. They've really rallied round.
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner is reported to have ended her relationship with left-wing MP Sam Tarry
Mr Tarry, MP for Ilford South, was sacked as a Labour shadow minister by Sir Keir in July following a row over a TV interview he gave from a picket line outside a train station
'Breaking up is never easy but she's bouncing back and getting on with the job of representing people. She'll take this in her stride.'
Despite the break-up, Ms Rayner gave no sign anything was amiss as she led Labour's response to the second day of debate over the King's Speech.
She made a withering attack on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, warning the Conservatives he was 'too weak to deliver the change our country needs'.
As recently as April, Ms Rayner attended a fundraising dinner in Mr Tarry's ilford South constituency, where she heaped praise upon him. She told those assembled: 'He is one of the most kind-hearted, amazing individuals and he's also my soulmate.'
'And I actually think you're incredibly lucky to have him as your MP because I get to see a lot of Sam, and I get to see a lot of behind the scenes, and I see how much he cares.'