Alexander admits she is a changed woman since leaving the Scottish Executive to spend more time with husband Brian Ashcroft of Strathclyde University, where she is a visiting professor. At the age of 40, she is discovering the joys of domesticated bliss after her surprise festive season wedding.
Praising Paisley youngsters for improving their basic skills, the new Mrs Ashcroft revealed that she is improving hers. Tuesday evenings see her donning pinny for cookery classes. A way to a man's whatever . . .