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Tuesday, 31 October, 2000, 10:13 GMT
Beith to marry Maddock

Alan Beith is planning wedding for the new year
The deputy leader of the Liberals Democrats has confirmed his plans to re-marry, according to a member of his constituency staff.

Alan Beith, whose wife died two years ago, is planning to marry the former president of the Liberal Democrats, Diana Maddock.

Mr Beith's personal life has been overshadowed by tragedy in recent years after his wife lost her fight against breast cancer and his son, Christopher, died at the age of 25.

Mr Beith and his intended bride have been good friends for many years and are planning to marry early next year, but no date has yet been set.

Friends happy

The constituency organiser for Mr Beith, Fiona Hall, said: "Friends are aware that they will get married some time in the new year.

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"I think everyone is very, very happy for them."

The Berwick-Upon-Tweed MP lost his wife to breast cancer in 1998, seven months later his mother died and earlier this year his adopted son, who was diabetic, was found dead at the family home in Berwick.

Mr Beith has been an MP since 1973. Diana Maddock was also an MP, but lost her seat in the 1997 general election and is now a Lib Dem peer.

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