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Thursday 19 July 2018

Commons bids adieu to Noeleen

Tea's ready: Noeleen catered for six British PMs
Tea's ready: Noeleen catered for six British PMs

John Reynolds

Noeleen Delaney knows the secrets at the heart of British politics.

But last week, the Glenties Co Donegal native said her farewells as she retired after almost 30 years of service in charge of the Members' tea room in the House of Commons.

Noeleen (62) has seen six prime ministers come and go in Westminster. Pleased to see another woman taking up the post, she said: "I think she'll do a very good job. Tony Blair brought in more women MPs and they've always appreciated the long hours we in the tea room worked while juggling our family lives."

She was a particular fan of John Major and Tony Blair (whose grandmother was also from Donegal). "I would've had very brief chats with them while working, though I don't recall what they were about," she said. John Major thanked her for her work this week, saying: "Noeleen and her colleagues kept us all fed and watered, especially when we had to work through the night in the House. She was indispensable."

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