City MP splits from mother of his baby

Mark Lancaster says he will do everything he can to support daughter

MP Mark Lancaster says he will continue to support his baby daughter following his split from the girl's mother.

He met Amanda Evans, a Sunday newspaper journalist, in November 2007 and Lily-Mae was born a year later.

Ms Evans had been living at Mr Lancaster's Olney home but left with the child this week.

A source close to her told the Citizen she was concerned the 38-year-old MP for North East Milton Keynes was "not interested in taking an active interest" in the child.

Mr Lancaster said this week: "It is sad our relationship has ended.

"Amanda is a fabulous mother. I hope to be an equally good father.

"I know that at this difficult time our only interest is the future happiness of our daughter.

"I love my daughter very much and will be doing everything I can to support her," he said.

The relationship with Ms Evans began while Mr Lancaster was separated from wife Katie.

The couple had been married for 12 years and remain friends.

Their divorce is in its final stages. They have a foster son.

This week Katie Lancaster lent her support to her soon-to-be ex-husband.

"Mark is an extremely honest, hard-working man who is dedicated to his work as an MP and works very long hours to do that job to the best of his ability.

"Mark is also a completely devoted father," she said.