Baroness who famously flicked a V-sign at a peer during a Lords debate leaves her staff £500 in her will to throw a ‘jolly good party‘ and £1,000 to her housekeeper who is also let off the hook over £500 ‘she owes me‘

Baroness Trumpington, who famously flicked a V-sign at a fellow peer in the House of Lords, left £879,736 in her will – and £500 to pay for ‘a jolly good party‘ to remember her.

Probate records reveal that the colourful life peer, who died aged 96 in November, left the bulk of her estate to her son, Adam Campbell-Barker.

She left cash, jewellery, artwork and other mementoes to more than a dozen relatives and friends.

But the fun-loving former Tory Minister did not forget the staff who worked behind the scenes for her in the House, leaving £500 to the doorkeepers at the Lords ‘to be spent on inviting my House of Lords friends including Central Lobby post office staff (not Lords) to a jolly good party in my memory‘.

Her housekeeper, called Letty, was left £1,000 along with ‘an assurance that she need not pay back the £500 she owes me‘. 

The International League for the Protection of Horses and Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, received legacies of £1,000 each.

At the start of the Second World War, the Baroness, then Jean Campbell-Harris, was a Land Girl working on former Prime Minister Lloyd George‘s Sussex farm – and had to fend off his amorous advances. 

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When she was 18, her fluency in French and German got her a job as a cypher clerk at Bletchley Park, transcribing messages sent from German submarines.

She was a councillor and mayor of Cambridge before entering Parliament in 1980. 

She served as a Health Minister in Margaret Thatcher‘s government, despite being a smoker, and as an Agriculture Minister for John Major. 

She found fame and a place in the nation‘s heart late in life when she made her two-fingered gesture at fellow peer Lord King in 2011 after he had the temerity to mention her age during a Remembrance Day debate.

She revelled in her new-found notoriety, appearing as a no-nonsense panellist on television programmes such as Have I Got News For You.

The one-time society girl continued to attend debates in the Lords every day until her retirement from public life in October 2017, at the age of 95.

The Baroness, who lived in Battersea, South West London, requested that her funeral and any memorial service held for her ‘be jolly occasions with much gaiety and no mourning clothes‘.

She is to be cremated and her ashes scattered in Kew Gardens. Her husband Alan Barker, a former headmaster, died in 1988.

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