VIDEO: Former Peterborough journalist asks special question in Parliament

A former Peterborough journalist proposed a unique motion at Parliament - when he asked his girlfriend to marry him.

Thursday, 15th March 2018, 2:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th March 2018, 3:10 pm
Matthew and Rachel

Matthew Reville (32) got down on one knee to pop the question to Rachel Evans (32) in the House of Commons last week - with Parliamentary researcher Rachel saying yes.

It is believed to be the first time a proposal has happened in the chamber - although thankfully for Matthew and Rachel it was not full of MPs shouting across the room - but public tours were taking place at the time.

Matthew - who worked as a reporter for the Peterborough Telegraph for three years before becoming a civil servant - said: "I told Rachel the time we’ve spent together has been the best period of my life and that I want to share the rest of my life with her.

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Matthew and Rachel

“We are both quite private people, so I thought I’d surprise her with a very public proposal. We told all our family and then a few days later put it on social media to tell friends.

“I proposed in the House of Commons because Rachel works in Parliament and it seemed a suitable place for the biggest event of our lives so far. I asked Rachel to give a tour of the House to a colleague, who was actually there to film the big moment. We couldn’t be happier.”

The couple met in April 2016 in Westminster.

Matthew and Rachel