Clive Lewis cancels honeymoon and stag do after election bombshell
‘Theresa May has thrown a clanger into my personal life!’
The rising star Labour backbencher Clive Lewis has spoken of his "anguish" at having to cancel his honeymoon after Theresa May announced a snap general election on 8 June.
The Norwich South MP is due to the knot with his fiancée Katy Steel, an actress and primary school teacher from East Yorkshire, on 6 May.
The wedding is still going ahead – but the pair have now reluctantly decided to cancel their honeymoon in Cornwall so that Lewis can fight to keep his seat.
Lewis will also be sacrificing his four-day stag do in The Cotswolds.
He told the Eastern Daily Press: "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."
Lewis has a majority of 7,654 and was one of just 13 MPs to vote against the snap election today.
Earlier this year, the previously-loyal Corbynite quit the shadow cabinet rather than vote in favour of the government's Brexit bill.
If he keeps his seat then Lewis is fancied by many Labour supporters to be the next leader, with Guardian columnist Owen Jones among his key supporters.
Lewis recently said it was "flattering" to be touted as a future leader. Pressed on whether he wanted to ever lead Labour, he said: "Never say never."
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