15 MAY 2004, Page 35

Anyone for nepotism?

From J.P.G. Weston Sir: Peter °borne nods (Politics, 8 May). The late Duke of Devonshire was Lady Dorothy Macmillan's nephew, so the prime minister was his uncle, not his brother-in-law.

The Duke's appointment to the Colonial Office led to charges of 'nepotism' but enabled the prime minister's son, Maurice, to begin his next speech in the House of Commons. 'As the only back-bench member of my family. . .

J.P.G. Weston