Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Redwood Marriage Was over Last Year, Say Friends; 'THERE IS NO QUESTION OF EX-MINISTER HAVING LEFT HIS WIFE FOR NIKKI PAGE'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Redwood Marriage Was over Last Year, Say Friends; 'THERE IS NO QUESTION OF EX-MINISTER HAVING LEFT HIS WIFE FOR NIKKI PAGE'

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Byline: PATRICK HENNESSY;COLIN ADAMSON

JOHN REDWOOD'S marriage had been over for more than a year before he started dating his researcher Nikki Page, close friends claimed today.

Friends of the former Tory minister disputed the version of events given by Gail Redwood, his wife of 29 years. The 53-year-old Wokingham MP was said to be "appalled and deeply hurt" by her claim that he rang her "out of the blue" to say their marriage was over and to ask her to leave their [pounds sterling]950,000 Berkshire home.

Today his constituency chairman, Major John Andrew, claimed the marriage had effectively broken up by January last year.

Last September there was a legal agreement to separate and a financial settlement which Mrs Redwood was said to have found "extremely generous". In January this year, an attempt to save the marriage failed, and a final financial settlement was agreed by both in April.

Major Andrew, a close friend of the Redwoods for eight years, said: "John cannot believe that such damning accusations have been made against him in the press, apparently by Gail. He says they both made a firm pact not to talk to the newspapers and he stresses that he was not the one to break it. Why should he? He is still very saddened by the break-up of his marriage."

Major Andrew said he could not understand the accusation that Mr Redwood had suddenly dumped his wife for three-times married Ms Page, 51. He added: "There is absolutely no question of John having left Gail for Nikki, or any other woman. The facts are pretty straightforward. The marriage has long been dead. It had been in great difficulty for some years - they were just not hitting it off.

"Things came to a crunch last year when she left him. I stress, it was Gail who walked out on John. After that it all became somewhat strained. John was very upset and tried hard to patch the marriage up, but Gail was having none of it and the two formally split in the spring of this year. …

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