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Saturday, 18 December, 1999, 11:37 GMT
Today's father-to-be

John Humphrys John Humphrys: Set to be a dad third time round

BBC journalist John Humphrys is to become a father again at the age of 56, a colleague on BBC Radio 4's Today programme has confirmed.

His co-presenter, Sue MacGregor, made her comments on air during Saturday's show.

Sue Macgregor Today presenter Sue MacGregor congratulated her colleague
"Mr Humphrys is going to be a father, and we congratulate him. He says he got in before Tony Blair, but we're not sure about that," she joked on the BBC Radio 4 programme.

The journalist is 10 years older than the prime minister who, as referred to by Ms MacGregor, confirmed last month he is to become a father again.

Humphrys and Valerie Sanderson, 40, a BBC News 24 presenter, are understood to be expecting the baby in the summer.

The presenter has two children - Catherine, 29, and 31-year-old Christopher - from his marriage to Edna Wilding. They divorced in 1991.

Mr Humphrys and Ms Sanderson, who have shielded their relationship from publicity, have been together for 13 years.

Hague is happy to wait

Tony Blair's announcement that he and his wife Cherie are expecting their fourth child in May, has led to speculation about Tory leader William Hague's plan for a family.

But Mr Hague has denied that he and his wife Ffion felt under pressure to have children.

He said that he and his wife had a "giggle" over cartoons showing them looking glum and saying "oh no, now we'll have to have a baby."

William Hague Hague: I hope to have children
The Conservative leader told the Sun newspaper: "Party leaders cannot be in competition to have babies.

"Ffion and I both love children and intend, or should I say, hope, to have them. But no political commentator is going to dictate to us when that will happen.

"We are just enjoying our marriage at the moment and we know from friends who have young children that you have to make the most of your child-free years together."

The couple intend to spend Christmas Day at home in Yorkshire after visiting relatives in Wales, Oxfordshire and Rotherham.

They will visit the Millennium Dome on New Year's Eve before a short skiing holiday in America
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