Laura Verney, Lady Miffield was the much younger wife of George Verney, having married him in 1966. She arrived back in Beckindale seeking a divorce from George, saying he never made her happy and was a stone cold man. Laura then embarked on an affair with Jack Sugden. When Jack was attacked by George with a hunting crop, villagers assumed it was because he seduced Laura, but it was abut Jack spreading idle gossip about George. Laura left the village in March 1973 but returned in November 1973 to hear that Jack had left the village. She was annoyed to hear that George was leaving his estate to his nephew Mark Proctor instead of her. In December 1973, Laura left Beckindale for Vienna.
''Then I married and I found out you wasn't cool. You was cold, stone cold.'' (to George Verney)