‘Mum, I’m in the middle of a Channel 4 interview!’: Hilarious moment Angela Rayner’s mother calls her during TV interview – before Labour deputy leader says ‘she never rings me’
- Ms Rayner was doing media interviews when mother Lynn Bowen called her up
Angela Rayner’s mother interrupted her during her media rounds – hilariously ringing her during a televised interview to congratulate her on her speech.
The deputy leader of the Labour Party, 43, had been doing a piece to camera with Channel 4 News when her mobile went off.
Ms Rayner clocked it was her mother Lynn Bowen and because it was unusual for her to phone decided she had to take the call.
But when she answered – fearing something might be wrong – it was instead just a cheery congratulations from parent to child.
It prompted much laughter from the TV crew and was captured on film, showing Ms Rayner comically looking in disbelief and smiling.
The clip shows Ms Bowen saying: ‘I turned it on and there you were again.’
The moment the phone call came through the politician had the TV crew in laughter over it
Ms Rayner’s mother Lynn Bowen pictured with the politician on her wedding day back in 2010
Ms Raynor replies: ‘Mum, I’m in the middle of a media round and I said my mum never rings me, something must be really up with her.
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‘Right I’ll give you a ring back when I’ve finished the media round. Alright?’
But her mother carried on to say: ‘Are you alright, I’m just congratulating you, you did well.’
Ms Raynor looks comically exasperated as she replies ‘Thank you, alright I’ll speak to you in about 20 minutes. I’m on the media now, thanks, bye.’
The politician then shakes her head smiling as she hangs up.
She adds: ‘My mum never, ever rings me and she’s never up in the morning. She’s going to Llandudno, that’s why she’s up. Because she’s never up in the morning anyway, so.’
The politician, who is popular with party supporters, has spoken movingly about her mother before and her parent’s struggle with mental health.
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Sir Keir Starmer congratulated Ms Rayner after the speech, which is understood to be the one her mother was referring to in the phone call
Ms Rayner opened up about her poverty-stricken upbringing on a council estate in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in an interview with the Times in 2021.
She described a home without affection where her bipolar mother ‘could only love one person at a time’ – and chose Ms Rayner’s father.
‘She couldn’t emotionally connect to us’ because of the bipolar disorder which made her unbalanced.
‘My dad would have done something that upset her and it would be as if her world had collapsed and everything had ended and she was in total crisis.’
Ms Rayner said there were no ‘hugs and kisses’ at bedtime, instead she would try to ‘get under the blanket as quickly as possible’ and put fears about monsters in the room at the back of her mind.
She says her father was ‘shouty’ and often scared her so much she would wet the bed then hide the sheets because she was terrified of being told off.
Asked about caring for her mentally ill mother, who made several suicide attempts, Ms Rayner said: ‘She cut herself; she’s been sectioned. I’ve had to bathe her and get her out of bed, then get up and go to school.’
But there were also moments of black humour – when the family would laugh about her mother bringing home wholly inappropriate items from the supermarket – in one case a tin of dog food.
‘She thought it was stewing steak. She’s not able to read or write, but she used to look at the pictures.
‘She had shaving foam once to have with our jelly – she thought it was cream. We had Immac [hair removal cream] as toothpaste. That was my mum. We used to have a laugh about it.’
Ms Rayner admits most of her childhood memories are ‘pretty horrifying’, describing washing once a week on a Sunday at her gran’s house and desperately hoping her friends would ask her for a roast dinner.
But Ms Rayner credited her ‘dysfunctional’ upbringing for her work ethic and helping her thrive in a post-Brexit Westminster.
She said hardship made her want ‘to prove people wrong’ by working ‘damn hard’.
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