I’ve been keeping an eye on Annette King. She’s in good shape for her age, and clearly has been working on it. That always raises a flag, especially when the leader’s permanence is under a cloud.
Most weekdays before sunrise Labour’s deputy leader can be found at her gym trying to do more burpees than her husband, Ray Lind.
The exercise, an up-down cross between a push-up and star-jump and favoured by sadistic rugby coaches, keeps Annette King, 68, fit for the rough-and-tumble of Parliament.
She’s not just physically fit; politically she is one of the more active and successful Opposition MPs and one of the party’s great survivors. Age has not wearied her efforts to take the fight to the Government every day.
That was demonstrated in Parliament this week during one of her regular jousts with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.
Having been Health Minister for six years, she knows as much about the job as Coleman, who has had just 18 months at the helm.
MPs from both sides of the House howled with delight at the Coleman and King set-to.
Apart from her need to heckle like she’s at a pantomime, she is one of Labour’s more scrappy MPs. And she should be; she’s got the miles on the clock. Read more »