A Labour environment minister will become the first MP to have a civil partnership.

Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.

Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter’s gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June. His spokesman told the BBC, “To celebrate the occasion they’re giving a party for family and close friends at Ben’s sister’s home in Herefordshire.”

Local councillors welcomed the announcement, Roy Slack congratulated the politician, he said: “We want to wish Ben and his partner all the best for the future.”

Around one thousand couples from London have tied the knot in civil partnerships since the introduction of civil partnerships during December of last year.