Tory clans to unite at Monteviot for wedding

Tory clans to unite at Monteviot for wedding

Lady Clare Kerr and Nick Hurd MP will marry at Monteviot on Saturday

THE great and the good of the Conservative party, past and present, are expected to be among the 200 guests at the Borders wedding of Lady Clare Kerr and Nick Hurd MP on Saturday, writes Andrew Keddie.

The couple will tie the knot at Lady Clare's family home at Monteviot near Ancrum where she will be given away by her father, the 13th Marquis of Lothian - former Tory MP for Devizes, shadow foreign secretary and prominent Roman Catholic, Michael Ancram.

Mr Hurd, 47, is the old Etonian son of former chancellor of the exchequer Lord Douglas Hurd.

Coincidentally, both grandee fathers entered parliament as Conservative MPs in 1974 and both went on to make pitches to become party leader.

Society columnists have been hailing the wedding as the uniting of two great Tory clans since the couple announced their engagement earlier this year.

Lady Clare, 31, who is training to be a child psychotherapist, met Mr Hurd, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner and a junior cabinet minister in the new coalition government, at a party event in the spring of last year.

Mr Hurd has revealed that his four teenage children from his first marriage will be at the ceremony along with his former wife, venture capitalist Kim Richards. Ahead of Saturday's nuptials, around 500 guests, including estate and farm staff, are due to attend a pre-wedding drinks party hosted by Lord Lothian and his wife Jane at Monteviot tonight.