Monday 22 October 2018

Colourful past of minister Shatter wrought from sense of loss

Parents' death and family's emigrant history give clues about the life that shaped the man, writes Will Hanafin

Will Hanafin

Alan Shatter is the classic outsider who's most comfortable at the heart of the establishment.

I spent some weeks profiling him for Life magazine in 2011 and he opened up about his colourful past.

His parents were English and Jewish who met by chance when they were both on holidays in Ireland in 1948 and decided to settle here. His father, Rueben Shatter, was a Londoner while his mother Elaine Presburg was from Southport.

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