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Labour of love: Council leader Georgia Gould ‘says yes’ to special park proposal

Couple agree to marry in secret Regent's Park rose garden

30 May, 2019 — By Richard Osley

IT may have been a bleak week for her political party at the polls, but Camden Council leader Georgia Gould had good reason to celebrate after a romantic proposal in Regent’s Park.

The 33-year-old said “yes” to boyfriend Alex Zatman on Friday, and the couple now plan to marry next year.

Cllr Gould said she was presented with a ring enscribed with the lyrics “dance me to the end of love”, a line from one of her favourite Leonard Cohen songs.

A passer-by took the photograph at the bench dedicated to Lord Philip Gould, her father, which sits in a tranquil secret garden in the inner circle of the park.

“It is one of my favourite places,” said Cllr Gould. “Because of the statue there for the ‘protector of the defence­less’ and my dad has a bench. I was very excited.”

The statue is the Goatherd’s Daughter in St John’s Lodge Gardens, the rose garden where Cllr Gould has often said she “goes to think”.

Mr Zatman, a civil servant, then whisked Cllr Gould off to the theatre to see the musical, Hamilton.

Cllr Gould, whose other love is Queen’s Park Rangers football club, which clashes with Mr Zatman’s devotion to Manchester United, often denies she is “famous”. But she has been unable to avoid the public spotlight since being held up as a baby for the front cover of Neil Kin­nock’s general election manifesto in the 1980s.

Her mother is Dame Gail Rebuck, the Random House publisher. Lord Gould, who died in 2011, was one of Tony Blair’s pollsters and closest confidants during his time as prime minister. Her sister Grace is a successful entrepreneur, and has written reviews of must-have gadgets for the Evening Standard newspaper.

Cllr Gould first made a splash in the Camden New Journal as head girl at Camden School for Girls when she was part of a delegation of pupils who complained to the government about exam season stress.

After winning a Kent­­ish Town seat on the council, she took over the leadership three years ago when her predecessor, Sarah Hayward, stepped down.

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