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Grangela: Labour’s Angela Rayner is grandmother at 37

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Labour MP Angela Rayner has become a grandmother at the age of 37.

The shadow education secretary announced the birth of her first grandchild in an early-morning tweet in which she gave herself the new nickname, Grangela.

The Ashton-under-Lyne MP had her first son, Ryan, at the age of 16 and said being a teenage mother “saved me”.

Writing on Twitter, she said: “At just before 6am today after an eventful evening, I became a grandma.”

The mother-of-three thanked “all the wonderful staff at NHS Tameside”, adding the hashtag #Grangela.

Earlier this year, Ms Rayner recalled her experience of being a teenage mother on a council estate, saying the birth of her son “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.”

In her maiden speech, after becoming MP in 2015, she recalled being told when she was 16 and pregnant that she would never amount to anything. “If only they could see me now,” she joked.

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Media captionLabour MP Angela Rayner’s maiden Commons speech

In the past she has also defended her northern accent:

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