Baroness Trumpington and Lord King
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Baroness Trumpington unimpressed by Lord King comments

Baroness Trumpington appeared not to be impressed with a reference to her when she was named by Lord King in the House of Lords.

Lord King was recalling how gradually the survivors of World War I "faded away" and "then the survivors of World War II started to look pretty old as well".

He then noted that the former agriculture minister, now 89, was the House's only remaining survivor from WWII.

As Jean Barker, she served at the previously-secret wartime listening station at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire - the forerunner to GCHQ, and was mayor of Cambridge.

During her contribution to the Remembrance Day debate later she paid tribute to the work of the Home Guard - her father, who won an MC in World War I, commanded the Marylebone branch.

  • 15 Nov 2011