Or had forgotten it at least:
In 1983 Ms Kirkbride became a researcher for Yorkshire Television and she went on to work as a producer for BBC News and Current Affairs and then the ITN Parliamentary Unit.
She was a political correspondent for the Daily Telegraph from 1992-6 during which time her then partner Stephen Milligan, the Conservative MP for Eastleigh, was found dead at his home.
Mr Milligan, who was wearing stocking at the time of his death, was thought to have died when an autoerotic experience went tragically wrong.
Ms Kirkbride remained dignified during the tragedy and went on to become social affairs editor of the Sunday Telegraph from 1996 until 1997 when she became an MP.
Bit of a politics groupie really. Stepping out with one MP, marries another, becomes one herself….
What was that people were saying about a professional political class?