Ex-MP defends guilty stepson

DAVID Gilroy’s stepmother is an ex-Labour MP who was dubbed one of then Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “Babes”, it has emerged.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 16th March 2012, 12:00 pm

Linda Gilroy, 62, represented Plymouth Sutton, in Devon, from 1997 until 2010.

She married Gilroy’s father Benny, now 72, in 1987 – nine years after he was divorced from his first wife Grace, 76, in 1978.

Benny Gilroy worked part-time as his MP wife’s parliamentary and constituency assistant and the couple shared a harbour-side flat in Plymouth.

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She eventually lost her seat to the Tories.

The couple travelled to Edinburgh for the trial, and regularly accompanied Gilroy to hearings. When passers-by challenged Gilroy’s wife Andrea about why she was loyal to her husband, the former MP was heard to say: “Because he’s not guilty.”