TATTON MP Esther McVey tied the knot with fellow Conservative MP Philip Davies in an intimate ceremony on Saturday.

They made their vows in Parliament’s historic St Mary’s Undercroft Chapel, watched by 15 guests.

Ms McVey, 52, wore a three-piece outfit of jacket, fishtail skirt and lace top designed by Knutsford’s Philip Armstrong, and her hair was styled by Mark Power, based in Alderley Edge.

The bridegroom, 48, wore a blue suit from Lloyd Hall Bespoke, also of Knutsford.

The couple, who have been together since 2012, had to make significant changes to their special day to comply with coronavirus rules, including ditching plans for a gospel choir.

Ms McVey said: “You wait 52 years to get married and then along comes coronavirus and knocks you off course.

“However, like many others up and down the country Philip and I made the decision to go ahead and not postpone and have a different wedding to the one we initially planned.

“Philip and I had a lovely day on Saturday, and now we are having a short what I decided to call ‘Honeystaycation’, with a few days in the Cotswolds and a few days in north Wales.

“Philip has a wicked sense of humour; it is one of the things that first attracted me to him. He makes me laugh so much and is the most supportive man I have ever met.

“He's been there for me in good times and bad. I knew when I met him this was the man I was going to spend the rest of my life with.”

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Esther McVey and Philip Davies in front of the House of Commons. Picture by Ash Bosamia

The guest list was reduced from more than 100 people after Public Health England said the Undercroft in Parliament could hold a maximum of only 20 people, which included Ms McVey and Philip, the Bishop of Dover, who officiated the wedding, the organist and photographer.

They were allowed an extra handful of people at the reception in the Churchill Room, also in Parliament, taking the total to 24.

All guests at the ceremony had to wear masks throughout the service, and no singing was allowed.

The couple hope to hold a wedding celebration with friends next year or when it is permitted.

Ms McVey has represented the Tatton constituency since being elected at the 2017 General Election, and Philip Davies is the MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire.

The Chapel of St Mary Undercroft was completed by King Edward I in 1297, further developed under Edward II, and finally completed by Edward III in around 1365.

While St Stephen's Chapel was the chapel of the Royal Family, the Court and the Royal Household worshipped at St Mary Undercroft.

Pictures by Ash Bosamia.