By Jonathan Isaby
I am alerted to a union between two Tory dynasties through the Twitter feed of Nick Hurd.
The son of former Foreign Secretary Lord Hurd and MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner - who is minister for civil society in the Coalition Government - is today marrying Lady Clare Kerr, the elder daughter of the Marquess of Lothian - better known as former Conservative Party chairman, Michael Ancram.
Lady Clare, who is training to be a child psychotherapist, is being given away by her father at the ceremony which is taking place at the ancestral Ancram home in Monteviot near Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders.
Mr Hurd told his local paper in June:
"There was already a connection between our two families as our fathers both entered Parliament as Conservative MPs in the same year - 1974. I popped the question on a beach in Cornwall about a month ago - she didn't have much time to think about her answer, as the tide was coming in very fast!"
Many congratulations to them both.