Tears of joy turn to tears of sorrow

I send my deepest sympathy to our fearless campaigning MP Richard Bacon whose tears of ecstatic joy have turned to tears of unimaginable sorrow within the space of two days.

On Monday, Richard’s wife gave Victoria gave birth to their first child. Tragically, his mother-in-law Elizabeth Panton died yesterday on a visit to see their baby son Rollo in a horrific accident. Doctors are also battling to save the leg of his young niece Pollyanna, aged two.

Mrs Panton was crushed against a wall by a bus after travelling to London from her home in Shropshire to see her new grandchild and was waiting for a bus to return home when it mounted the pavement.

I hope the innocent smiles of Rollo, with his soft dimples and sweet gurgling sounds, born on Shakespeare’s birthday and St George’s Day, will help them their grief. 


  1. Giles, Thank you for your heartfelt comment, I echo your feelings too. Elizabeth was obviously a very special and kind woman. Let’s hope that little Pollyanna’s leg can be saved and she makes a good recovery. It was an horrific accident.

  2. Giles Davidson

    There is another family involved in this devastating news. Elizabeth became very close to our father over the last few years, until his death last christmas. He died of prostate cancer. She nursed him wonderfully through his final months and years, and I know she was deeply, deeply affected when he passed away, despite it being expected. My siblings and I had got to know Elizabeth in recent times, and she was unquestionably one of the most kind and generous people I have ever met. The news of her death has come as a huge shock, particularly in such horrific circumstances. My heart goes out to Elizabeth’s own family, and in particular to little Pollyanna. I sincerely hope and pray she will pull through. I know I speak for the rest of my family.

  3. How very very sad… makes me feel ashamed for getting so upset over the loss of a bottle….

  4. How fragile our happiness is I feel this more as get older

  5. That is terrible and my heart goes out to this family.

  6. it is a reminder of just how fragile life is, and just how important it is to never take any friend, lover, brother or sister for granted.

    My heart goes out to them

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