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How Shinner babe Mary Lou came to the aid of the party

WHATEVER else her parents did for her, calling her Mary Lou, was an inspired choice for the baby who would go on to become an MEP.

It's a name that sticks in the mind, lodged indelibly with anyone who's ever heard Ricky Nelson singing Hello Mary Lou - Goodbye Heart'. An easily-recognisable name is also an essential appendage for two categories of people: personalities and politicians.

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