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To stand up to sex predators like Weinstein, learn from this defiant baroness | Gaby Hinsliff

Abusers prey on the sense of shame many women feel. Lady Trumpington has gloriously ditched hers

When Lady Trumpington was a young woman fresh out of finishing school, she worked for a while as a second world war land girl on a farm belonging to David Lloyd George.

It was a rather odd set-up, to say the least. The former prime minister kept his mistress in a bungalow near the main house while his family were resident, moving her back in when they departed; the young Jean Campbell-Harris, as she was then, was stabled with the mistress. She describes in her autobiography how Lloyd George would make her stand against a wall while he measured her with a tape, which she thought was probably the “nearest to flesh he could get” with a watchful mistress around. Not quite Harvey Weinstein territory, but creepy nonetheless.

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