Everything about Angela Rayner’s husband, including their rumored split

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: An image is seen on a screen as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner (R) delivers a speech to journalists and an online audience at the Institute for Government on November 29, 2021 in London, England. Labour's deputy leader spoke about the party's plan to "rebuild trust in public life and overhaul the rules that uphold standards in government." The party has been eager to capitalise on backlash to the government's aborted proposal to revamp Commons disciplinary procedures, in the wake of a report that found former MP Owen Paterson had breached lobbying rules. The ensuing controversy roiled Westminster and prompted new rules on minsters' outside sources of income. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

2021 has been a torrid year for Labour Party number two, Angela Rayner. In early December 2021, Rayner claimed that Sir Keir Starmer left her out of his plans to reshuffle the party’s shadow cabinet. “I am not aware of any plans for a reshuffle,” Rayner stated during an interview with Times Radio. 

Eager to take advantage of the instability in the Labour Party Camp, Conservative MPs announced a plan to unseat Rayner in the next election. All this comes after police arrested several people for threatening Angela Rayner and her family. 

Angela Rayner has reportedly split from her husband, Mark Rayner

Angela Rayner married Mark Rayner in 2010. Mark brought stability to Angela’s life after the father of her first child left. Angela’s husband became a stepfather to Angela’s son.

Mark and Angela’s first child, Charlie, arrived at 23 weeks and is registered blind. The couple’s second son, Jimmy, arrived a short while later. 

The Sun reports that Angela split from her husband after ten years of marriage. Angela is yet to confirm or deny the rumor. 

The publication further alleged that Angela had grown very close to her colleague Sam Tarry. A source speaking to the Sun about Angela’s appointment of Sam said:

“Any suggestion that she has made any appointment based upon anything other than professional merit, experience and ability will be considered highly defamatory.”

Rayner states that having a child at sixteen saved her

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After she got pregnant at sixteen, Angela Rayner received tough love from her father. “If you’re old enough to get pregnant, you’re old enough to look after it,” Rayner’s father told her. 

In 2017, Angela told the crowd at a conference in Brighton that having a child at 16 saved her. She explained:

“I had a little person that I had to look after and I wanted to prove to everybody that I wasn’t the scumbag that they thought I was going to be, and I could be a good mum, and that somebody was finally going to love me as much as I deserved to be loved. And that’s what pregnancy was for me, it saved me.”

Angela used her experience to respond to Boris Johnson’s ‘ill-raised’ comments about single mothers. “I might be the shadow education secretary, but inside I’m that 16-year-old that didn’t think I was worth anything,” Angela said.

“And people like him make women who are already vulnerable feel that they’re the problem. They’re not the problem.”

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