UTTOXETER’S MP is all ready for the biggest day of his life as he prepares to say ‘I do’.
Andrew Griffiths and wife-to-be Kate Kniveton will be heading down to London where tomorrow will see them tie the knot in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Houses of Parliament.
Joining the couple for the happy day will a big hitter in the world of politics Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, who will stand beside Mr Griffiths as his best man.
The Tory got to know Mr Pickles when he worked as his chief of staff during his time as the Conservative Party chairman.
He will be sharing the role with one of the groom’s close friends.
The MP told the Post and Times the pair cannot wait for their big day.
He said: “The plans are all coming together now.
“I can now announce that Eric Pickles and a friend of mine called Tim will be my best men at the event, bringing together my personal and political life.”
Mr Pickles will not be the only political face making an appearance on the big day, with guest travelling from across the world to share the happy occasion.
Mr Griffiths said: “We have people coming to the wedding from as far afield as Washington DC and Dallas in America, and former town MP Sir Ivan Lawrence will also be attending.
“We are both looking forward to sharing the happiest day of our life with everyone and the wedding will be a great way to start our future life together.”
The couple first met in 2006 when Mr Griffiths was named as Uttoxeter’s parliamentary candidate for the Conservatives in the run-up to the 2010 election.
The pair said they hit it off straight away and after courting for a number of years, the town’s beer-loving MP ‘shocked’ his belle by pulling a sparkler out of his pocket and asking her to be Mrs Griffiths earlier this year.
Miss Kniveton said: “When Andrew proposed it was one of the happiest days of my life so far.”
They decided to get married in London as Mr Griffiths said that the pair would have been ‘crazy’ not to take the once-in-a-lifetime chance but proclaimed the couple would not forget their roots as the big day would still have a East Staffordshire flavour.
To add a touch of the county to the London day, Miss Kniveton’s dress is from Staffordshire, with the bridesmaids’ dresses and the table decorations among the several other items that are from the East Staffordshire area.
He previously said: “Me and Kate have decided we will get married in the chapel at the Houses of Parliament.
“This was where the body of Baroness Thatcher was held the night before she was buried and also where William Hague got married.
“We had thought long and hard about where we should get married but felt that we would be crazy to turn down the unique and privileged opportunity of getting married in parliament.
“It is a wonderful setting that will make a special day even more special.”
After the pair, both 42, say ‘I do’, they will hold a reception nearby but the MP revealed that it would have its own little sprinkling of the town.