MP Betts weds in civil ceremony

Clive Betts wedding
Clive Betts wedding

SHEFFIELD South East MP Clive Betts married his partner of five years, James Thomas, in a civil ceremony at the House of Commons.

About 100 family, friends and colleagues watched the 61-year-old ex-council leader marry his 28-year-old parliamentary researcher. They have been together for five years.

They included Labour MPs David Blunkett and Angela Smith, Sheffield District Labour Party chairman Paul Wood and former Labour councillors Howard Knight, Mike Buckley and David Skinner.

Mr Betts, who was MP for Attercliffe before boundary changes, said: “It was an absolutely marvellous day.” He added: “We had the wedding in the House of Commons in the members’ dining room and the Speaker kindly offered his chambers for the reception. We were surrounded by friends and family who we have known for a long time.”

The couple went back to work after the ceremony and are planning to go on holiday when Parliament breaks up for the summer recess.

Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said: “The event was intimate and beautiful and a joyous occasion. It was done with elegance and style and was a very nice event, with friends and family around the couple.”