Today at 3pm Clive Lewis, seeking to be re-elected as Labour MP in Norwich South, married actress Katy Steel at a service in the historic Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Houses of Parliament. Clive is the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Norwich South.
During the pre-election dissolution, sitting MPs lose their standing as Members of Parliament, meaning that they are unable to use the Chapel. So when Theresa May called her snap election it looked for a few days as if the wedding would have to be abandoned.
Fortunately for the couple, Black Rod and the Serjeant at Arms agreed to make an exception for the long-planned ceremony.
Katy said “When the election was first called, Clive joked we may end up door knocking in Norwich South for our honeymoon, I laughed out loud. I’m not laughing anymore” she added, “We have cost the staff at the Palace so much work but they could not have been kinder. ”
Clive Lewis said – “It’s a hell of a start to married life and not quite the one we’d envisaged but Katy’s been amazingly understanding and we’re determined to make the best of it come what May.”
Because of the election the couple had to cancel their planned week long honeymoon, Instead, Clive and Katy will be taking a two-day ‘micro-moon’ in the South West before Clive returns to campaigning in Norwich South.
The Chapel of St Mary Undercroft is a Church of England church in the Palace of Westminster completed by Edward I in 1297.
Clive Lewis was first elected in 2015 but has had a remarkable career as an MP already, being promoted to the Shadow Cabinet and regularly acclaimed as one of the most capable members of the Parliamentary Labour Party and a popular constituency MP and champion.