Grangela: Labour’s Rayner is a grandmother at 37

Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has expressed her joy at becoming a grandmother at the age of 37.

The mother-of-three revealed the news on Twitter, describing how the birth of her first grandchild came after an “eventful night”.

The MP for Ashton-under-Lyne wrote: “At just before 6am today after an eventful evening, I became a grandma thank you to all the wonderful staff at #NHS #Tameside #grangela”

Mrs Rayner has previously spoken about how being pregnant with her first child at the age of 16 “saved” her, at a time when she left school in Stockport, Greater Manchester, with no qualifications.

Earlier this year, the former care worker and trade union officer told an event at the Labour Party conference: “Even though getting pregnant at 16 and having no qualifications is not the best start for anybody, you’ve got to understand where my life was.

“It actually saved me from where I could have been because I had a little person to look after.

“I wanted to prove that I could be a good mum and somebody was finally going to love me as much as I deserved to be loved and that’s what pregnancy was for me.”

Mrs Rayner was elected to Parliament in 2015 and was promoted to Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet within little more than a year, following a string of resignations from Labour’s frontbench in June 2016.

She is frequently touted as a possible future Labour leader.