BURTON’S MP is all ready for the biggest day of his life as he prepares to say ‘I do’ later today.
Andrew Griffiths and wife-to-be Kate Kniveton will be heading down to London where today 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 be 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 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 Burton’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.”