Labour of Love Union of Political Dynasties as Jane Smith Ties the Knot with Malcolm Robertson

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Labour of Love Union of Political Dynasties as Jane Smith Ties the Knot with Malcolm Robertson


Byline: GRACE MCLEAN

IT will be the joining of two great political dynasties. And when the daughter of the late Labour leader John Smith, and the son of former NATO chief George Robertson marry, it will be in a place with special significance for both families.

Jane Smith, 32, and fiance Malcolm Robertson are to wed on the Inner Hebridean island of Islay where his father was born and where Miss Smith's father spent the first two years of his life.

The couple, who appropriately met at a Labour conference in 2000, will exchange vows at St Kiaran's Church and guests are expected to include political friends of both families, including some heavyweight figures in the Labour party.

Miss Smith, head of events at Napier University in Edinburgh, last night admitted that the day will be tinged with sadness at the loss of her father, who died ten years ago.

Her sisters Sarah, 34, and Catherine, 30, will be two of four bridesmaids at the wedding. The three sisters were dubbed the Smithettes after their moving display of love and support at their father's funeral in 1994.

Miss Smith said: 'The day will be a little sad without dad but we want it to be a real celebration. We are planning to have around 140 guests but we won't be saying who and we haven't sent the invitations out yet.

'I will have four bridesmaids, including my sisters, and Malcolm' s nine - year- old son Michael will be our page boy. …

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