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Chuka Umunna pops the question

Chuka Umunna pops the question
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The Birds of London

Andrew Self

Bloomsbury/Christopher Helm, pp. 432, £

When Chuka Umunna pulled out of the Labour leadership race earlier this year, he explained in a statement that he had decided it was time to prioritise his personal life over his political career: 'I've said that I could live without leading the Labour party or politics. For once I decided to put the rest of my life first,' the former bookies' favourite mused.

While Umunna may have been led to question his decision in the months following Jeremy Corbyn's election as the leader of the Labour party, his efforts in regards to his personal life have at least paid off. Umunna has proposed to his solicitor girlfriend Alice Sullivan, with the pair announcing their impending nuptials in the announcements section of today's Times.

Umunna is just one in a long line of high-profile figures who have recently opted to announce their engagement in the broadsheet. He follows in the footsteps of Benedict Cumberbatch, Geri Halliwell, Tom Daley and Eddie Redmayne, who all announced their own engagements in the paper.

While Umunna appears to be content as a backbencher for now, Mr S suspects Sullivan -- who works at Lewis Silkin and lists her hobbies as going to the theatre, travelling abroad, and weekends in the countryside -- will prove to be a supportive spouse should the Labour MP launch another leadership bid ahead of the next general election.