LABOUR leader Ed Miliband and his partner are getting married, the Free Press can exclusively reveal today.
The Doncaster MP will wed barrister Justine Thornton, 40, on May 27 at a plush country house hotel close to the bride’s childhood home.
A delighted Justine said that the venue for the wedding - Langar Hall hotel near Nottingham - was just 20 minutes from where she grew up.
The couple said they had agreed around March last year that they were going to get married - and that their plans had not changed at all after Ed’s election as Labour leader in September.
Justine said: “Ed wasn’t even an MP when I met him and at the end of the day I am marrying him because of who he is and not because of what he’s doing now.
“We’re planning on a small ceremony, all at the hotel with everything at the same place and we’re looking forward to it very much.”
Ed, 41, beamed as he said: “This is going to be a fantastic day for us both and I feel incredibly priviliged to be marrying someone so beautiful and who is such a special person. It’s the right time for us to do this and I’m really looking forward to a lovely day.
“We’re going to have a party in Doncaster when we get back from honeymoon - which will be in an undisclosed location! “
Ed said they wanted the ceremony to be intimate and that they wouldn’t be sticking to all of the conventions. He was not planning to have a best man - although he didn’t rule out a ‘low-key’ stag night.
He said: “At the end of the day we’re in our 40s and we’ve got two kids - so it wasn’t a case of me suddenly popping the question. This is just something we think is right for us.”
The couple will be married by a registrar in front of around 50 guests including Ed’s MP brother David and his wife.
Ed and Justine met in 2004 and became a couple a year later. They have two children Daniel, 21 months, and four-month-old Samuel, and live at the family home in north London when Ed is not on duty in his North Doncaster constituency.