How many MPs have sent out charity Christmas cards this year? So far the roving eye of UK Fundraising has found just two that are raising funds for charity: from First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, and Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for Clydebank.
Sturgeon has sent out an Oor Wullie card, the original illustration for which is being auctioned next year for charity with proceeds divided between The ARCHIE Foundation, SiMBA, Christine Witcutt Memorial Fund and The Dixon Community, while Docherty-Hughes ran the first of what he plans to be an annual charity Christmas card competition, which raised £400 for two local charities: Clydebank Women’s Aid, and Dumbarton District Women’s Aid.
A number of MPs, including Jeremy Hunt, George Osborne and Philip Dunne MP, Ludlow did at least visit charity card shops with Osborne paying his 15th annual visit to the Combined Charities Christmas card shop at Wilmslow Library:
— charity xmas cards (@charitycards4U) November 3, 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May has chosen three designs, all by children in her constituency. May launched a competition back in September challenging children in her constituency of Maidenhead and Twyford to come up with a design on the theme of ‘Christmas at Downing Street’. It was open to children aged 11 and under. The competition is a tradition between the Prime Minister and the Maidenhead Advertiser.
— Nicola Hine (@nicola_hine) December 15, 2016
Cards designed by children in the MP’s constituency seem to be a popular choice.
Jeff Smith MP, Manchester Withington also held a competition:
Lovely Christmas card from our local MP… MERRY Christmas Jeff pic.twitter.com/Ce2lDMZkSB
— FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (@frostybutcher) December 17, 2016
As did (amongst others):
Wales first minister Carwyn Jones, with card designed by a 9-year-old schoolboy in Cwmbran who won a competition entered by 700 schoolchildren:
— Carwyn Jones (@fmwales) December 5, 2016
Edward Timpson MP, Crewe & Nantwich:
Thanks to all who entered my Christmas Card competition this year. Special congrats to the children of Westminster Nursery School, winners! pic.twitter.com/CWbp55UxsX
— Edward Timpson MP (@edwardtimpson) December 16, 2016
James Berry MP, Kingston & Surbiton:
— James Berry MP (@JamesBerryMP) December 15, 2016
And Lib Dem leader Tim Farron:
Tim Farron's Xmas card is rather sweet pic.twitter.com/aBIV9jy1KE
— helena horton ???? (@horton_official) December 8, 2016
Labour leader Jeremy Corbin however has gone for a simple design of a white dove with a red background:
— Steerpike (@MrSteerpike) December 12, 2016
Other MPs went for the more humorous approach.
Chief Whip Nick Brown, MP:
Another hilarious card this year from Nick Brown MP. pic.twitter.com/dsQJ2Y6qn3
— Diana Johnson (@DianaJohnsonMP) December 16, 2016
Nigel Evans MP trumped that with his own:
Tory MP Nigel Evans' Christmas card is a picture of him holding a mug with a picture of him and Donald Trump on it. pic.twitter.com/uI4Ocw7rAr
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) December 12, 2016
We’re not too sure what UKIP’s Nigel Farage’s Christmas card design is, but this seems to get the popular vote:
— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) December 15, 2016
Other MPs have sent charity Christmas cards in the past, including then Prime Minster Gordon Brown in 2007, and Charles Kennedy in 2004. If any of your MPs have sent out charity Christmas cards this year, do let us know.
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