‘The honeymoon has had to go’ - how the snap election has hit wedding plans of Norwich South MP Clive Lewis
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:27 19 April 2017
Archant Norfolk 2017
Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has revealed how he will have to cut short his honeymoon and forgo his stag do because of the snap election.
The Labour MP, one of just 13 to vote against the snap election, is due to tie the knot with his fiancée Katy Steel on May 6 - two days after the county council elections, but with the whole country set to go to the polls on June 8, the pair have had to rethink their plans.
While the wedding will still go ahead, the former shadow defence and business secretary will spend what would have been his stag do campaigning on the streets of Norwich.
And the pair’s honeymoon will also have to be curtailed, as they realised they could not spend a week in Cornwall at a time when Mr Lewis should be pounding the streets for votes.
Mr Lewis said: “Theresa May has thrown a clanger into my personal life! The honeymoon has had to go. I said to my other half ‘how can I take a week off in Cornwall when there will be volunteers working their socks off for me?’ There were wails of anguish when we realised and it’s really sad, but it’s one of those things.
“We’ll probably have a couple of days away, but whatever happens, whether I win or lose, we’ll do something later on.”
But Mr Lewis will be sacrificing his four-day stag do in The Cotswolds, planned for the weekend before the wedding.
He said: “I am sure it will still go ahead, but just without me! They will go and send me pictures of my stag do while I’m out knocking on doors.”
Mr Lewis met Miss Steel, an actress and primary school teacher from East Yorkshire, not long after he was elected. Mutual friends suggested the pair should go on a date.
He said: “The first time I was due to meet her I was late and I was rushing over Hungerford Bridge, near Embankment in London when I passed her coming from the opposite direction.
“I did that cartoon character-esque turn around when I realised I’d passed the person I was supposed to be meeting.
“We hit it off and just over a year later I tricked her into thinking she was going to a conference with me and took her to the same place on the bridge, where I went down on one knee.”
Mr Lewis added: “She’ll be out on the campaign trail with me, when it should be her honeymoon.
“She’s got a sense of humour, which she needed to end up with me.”