Tory MP Claire Perry announces divorce after ‘growing apart’ from husband

Conservative MP Claire Perry has responded to “wild speculation” and confirmed that she is splitting from Clayton, her husband of 17 years.

The 48 year has been Member of Parliament for Devizes in Wiltshire since the 2010 general election. She told local newspaper The Gazette & Herald:

“It is completely amicable. This is not The War of the Roses. There has been wild speculation that one or other of us is involved with someone else, but I can assure you that is not the case. Although this is a private matter within my family, I wanted my constituents to know the facts from me through their local newspaper and not from gossip or tittle-tattle.”

She and her husband had simply “grown apart” she insisted, with work pressures contributing to the situation.

“Our marriage has become increasingly difficult for several years. It’s nobody’s fault, no-one has behaved badly, we have just grown apart. We both have extremely demanding jobs and for some time we have been going our separate ways.”

Before becoming a politician, Perry worked in finance and met her 47 year-old husband in New York, according to a report in the Mirror.

The couple have three children – aged 16, 13, and 10 – all of whom attend boarding school.

“It’s hard on the children. They all know the situation and they are very sad about it. Most children want mum and dad to be together, but it is just not possible.”

After joining the Conservative Party in 2006, Perry become an advisor to the current Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, and currently works as Parliamentary Private Secretary for Defence Minister Philip Hammond. She has caused occasional controversy with forthright comments.

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Lukey - March 22, 2013 at 3:51pm

Perhaps Claire Perry will stop lecturing others on parenting now, that would be nice…

Las Vegas Divorce - March 22, 2013 at 9:33pm

Claire should have nothing to say about parenting now 😀

John @ Nevada Divorce Forms - March 23, 2013 at 10:42pm

Claire should just let up on all her judgement already, come on.

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