It is not unusual for MPs either before or after ministerial experience to be familiar with company boardrooms. Now it seems that it is their wives who are powerful in business. Kenneth Baker's wife, Mary, is a director of Avon Cosmetics, Barclays Bank, the Prudential, Holiday Care Services and MFI. Gail Redwood, wife of John Redwood, himself a former director of Rothschilds, is company secretary at BA. John Patten, Secretary of State for Education, was recently delighted to see his wife, Louise, appointed to the board of Ladbroke. She is also a partner in PA Consulting Group. All very supportive - just in case anyone loses out in a reshuffle.
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