Tuesday 28 March 2017

Revelation puts Mowlam's zestful style in new light

Nicholas Leonard Westminster Watch

'Leading politician revealed as liar in deliberate deceit to protect career." That looks like a pretty familiar headline, but this time there is an unexpected twist because the politician involved is none other than the late Mo Mowlam.

There is a sense of poignant shock at Westminster at the disclosure that for eight years the former Northern minister concealed the fact that she had been diagnosed with a malignant tumour and instead assured Blair and her colleagues that it was benign.

The truth has been revealed by her doctor, Mark Glaser, in interviews with Neil McKay, the author of a drama-documentary about Mowlam to be screened on Channel 4 on January 31 and called simply 'Mo'. The leading role is played by Julie Walters whose mother, Mary O'Brien, was born and brought up on her family's farm near Castlebar.

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