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Tying the Notts for Ed Miliband and Justine's big wedding day venue

John Hess | 11:13 UK time, Friday, 1 April 2011

Labour Leader Ed Miliband with partner Justine Thornton and their child Samuel

Labour Leader Ed Miliband with partner Justine Thornton and their second child Samuel Miliband

You don't expect to come across Labour Party canvassers arriving on the doorstep of Langar Hall. This comfortable, rural corner of south Nottinghamshire is Ken Clarke country. Conservative votes tend to be weighed here.

But it'll soon be opening its doors to welcome the Labour leader Ed Miliband with fraternal... and matrimonial greetings in May.

He's to marry Justine Thornton, his long term partner and mother of his young two children. She was brought up in south Nottinghamshire and chose Langar Hall for the wedding. It's not far from Nottingham and the home where she was brought up.

Ed Miliband and wife-to-be Justine Thornton

A very modern marriage - Ed Miliband and partner Justine Thornton

But what exactly can they expect? Langar Hall is smart. The 19th Century house was built on the site of a former medieval castle. It specialises in low key weddings. But you can't get much higher profile politically than the nuptials of a new Labour party leader.

The couple will be in good company since former guests have included the movie actress Keira Knightley, the Archbishop of Canterbury and a visiting English cricket team for previous Trent Bridge Test Matches.

Langar's owner Imogen Skirving is delighted the couple have chosen her hideaway.

"When you come down the avenue of lime trees to the hall, you are in a completely other world. This is a little island of tranquillity," she says.

The wedding is likely to be small scale. Langar's manager Pascal Bouyssounouse will have the job of making sure the couple have their special day.

"They want the occasion to be a small family event. So we'll work with their plans for it to be more private and intimate," he said.

There'll be around 50 guests at the wedding... with probably twice as many reporters and photographers outside.

And like the Royal Wedding, finalising that wedding guest list may turn out to be something of a political headache.


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