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LLOYD GEORGE WAS MY FATHER! Love child of philandering PM breaks silence to reveal...

Byline: CARYS JONES

A WOMAN who is convinced she is the love child of philandering former Prime Minister David Lloyd George has spoken publicly for the first time.

Jennifer Longford, the daughter of Lloyd George's long-time mistress Frances Stevenson said her father's real identity will always remain a mystery, but she will always consider the cheating Welshman her dad.

She tells Ffion Hague, wife of Shadow Foreign Secretary William, about her belief and her love for the wartime PM in an S4C documentary, Dwy Wraig Lloyd George (Lloyd George's Two Wives), to be screened tonight.

Jennifer was born in 1929, 18 years after Lloyd George and young Frances Stevenson first met, when he was still married to his wife Margaret.

He had been living a double life since quitting as Prime Minister in 1922, spending part of his time at Fron y De farm in Surrey with Frances, and the remainder at his marital home in Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd.

During this time, Frances Stevenson was also having an affair with army officer Colonel Thomas Tweed, and he could well be Jennifer's biological father.

But Jennifer said: "As I grew up, it mattered less and less (who my father was) and now it doesn't matter at all because Lloyd George treated me as a father would and Colonel Tweed didn't.

"He loved me and I loved him."

Jennifer also describes the "odd" relationship she shared with her mother, who told her she was adopted and hired a nanny to look after her in the house next door.

She said: "I knew she was my mother from a fairly early stage. I never really trusted her because I knew that quite a lot of what she said must be lies.

"One day she'd say my parents were missionaries in China and a couple of days later it was somebody quite different. You do know when there's something quite wrong."

Despite her unusual upbringing, Jennifer speaks fondly of the man she believes is her father.

She explains: "I'd usually see my mother sometime during the morning, then went out with LG on the farm. He took me to various places on the farm and taught me all sorts of things, like how you tell a cherry tree is dead or is it going to blossom and then LG had a sleep in the afternoon and my mother took me home.

"She didn't come in; she turned back by the door and went back to Fron y De."

Dwy Wraig Lloyd George - the culmination of Ffion's years of resreach for her book, The Pain and Privilege: The Women in Lloyd George's Life,is shot at various locations that played key roles in-Lloyd George's complicated life, including Cricieth, Llanystumdwy, Bardsey Island, London and Churt, Surrey.

The programme also includes interviews with his great-niece, Elisabeth George and Catrin Johnson of Cricieth, who remembers Margaret.

Dwy Wraig Lloyd George is broadcast tonight at 9pm on S4C

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FOND MEMORIES: Jennifer, left, tells her story to Ffion Hague, pictured with husband William AFFAIR: David Lloyd George later married Frances Stevenson UNUSUAL UPBRINGING: Jennifer as a young woman
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 20, 2009
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