At Last, a Happy Family Snap for the Cook Album; BOOK BRINGS GAYNOR CLOSER TO MOTHER-IN-LAW
Byline: GERARD BURKE
ONLY a year ago, Gaynor Regan was the 'other woman' who had broken up a 28-year marriage and still faced hostility from her married lover's family.
But at the weekend, the new Mrs Robin Cook showed she has won the trust and friendship of the Foreign Secretary's family when she appeared in public for the first time with her new mother-in-law and Robin's sons Observers at a party on Saturday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mr Cook's entry into Parliament said Gaynor chatted amicably with her 85-year-old mother-in-law Christine.
One guest said: 'The body language was very positive. You could tell they are genuinely very friendly and very, very close. She really does have a very good relationship with everyone in the family.' The new Mrs Cook is also said to have developed a close relationship with her two stepsons, Peter and Christopher.
But last year it was all very different. Following the break-up of the Foreign Secretary's marriage to Margaret, Christine Cook made no secret of where her sympathies lay when she told journalists she was saddened and bewildered by what had happened and spoke of the family being 'devastated'.
Mrs Cook, from Dalkeith, said: 'Margaret is such a lovely girl who devoted her life to Robin and the boys.
She made career sacrifices for him only for this to happen when he becomes Foreign Secretary. It seems so unfair.' Others who know the family said they have been annoyed by Margaret Cook's repeated public attacks on her husband and that this has helped Gaynor win sympathy.
It also seemed to be a night when other differences were patched up. Years of bitter political feuding between Chancellor Gordon Brown and Mr Cook were forgotten when they joined each other for the celebration in the unlikely setting of the Foreign Secretary's local football club.
Mr Brown was guest speaker at the private dinner party and was accompanied by his fiancee Sarah Macaulay, a public relations executive. …