Passion for politics sparks MP’s romance

Fareham MP meets founder of on-the-water charity

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THERE is love in the air and smiles all round as an MP celebrated tying the knot.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes recently married Rael Braverman at the House of Commons.

Suella Fernandes and Rael Braverman with Brian Bayford  and deputy mayor Susan Bayford''Picture: Keith Woodland

Suella Fernandes and Rael Braverman with Brian Bayford and deputy mayor Susan Bayford''Picture: Keith Woodland

Yesterday, the MP was joined by family and friends for a celebration at the Holiday Inn in Titchfield.

More than 100 people from Fareham councillors to close friends joined the MP for a celebratory meal and party.

Suella and Rael have known one another for around three years, and met through their shared love of politics.

Ms Fernandes says that Rael has been her biggest supporter ever since, helping her with her Brexit campaign, as well as leafletting during the 2017 general election campaign.

Tying the knot in the House of Commons''Picture: Sandra Vijandi Photography

Tying the knot in the House of Commons''Picture: Sandra Vijandi Photography

Rael said: ‘We met through some mutual friends, and then she invited me for a day in parliament.

‘As far as first dates go it was certainty an unusual one, but I’ve always been interested in politics so I went along with it.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed it and we agreed to meet up again.

‘We had our first ‘proper’ date a few weeks later and it all took off from there.’

According to the MP, it was the shared love of politics that allowed their romance to blossom.

She said: ‘Rael has just been so supportive of me in Fareham - I think the day I realised he was the one when he came out delivering leaflets for the election in the pouring rain.’

The two became engaged in October last year, while on holiday in Cyprus.

Rael said: ‘I had planned it all out in advance so was thinking about it the whole time we were out there.’

Suella said: ‘I think he was a bit nervous, but I was absolutely delighted. I’m so thrilled to have married him.’

The couple say that the honeymoon is on hold until parliamentary recess in the summer.

Suella said: ‘We haven’t really had the time to go on our honeymoon yet.

‘We are hoping to go in the summer though.’