Mel Stride

    HUNDREDS of primary school pupils have entered a competition to design their Member of Parliament’s Christmas Card this year. For the fifth year running, Central Devon MP Mel Stride has invited pupils in the 43 primary schools in his constituency to showcase their artistic talent. The winning drawing will appear on the front, and two runners-up on the back, of more than 1,000 cards he will send out this year to organisations he has visited during the previous 12 months, as well as friends, family and fellow MPs and ministers. Last year the competition was won by Tedburn St Mary pupil Joseph Stanbury (age 9) with his picture of the Houses of Parliament at Christmas and a message of ‘peace for all’.

    For the second year in a row the competition is being sponsored by Glendinning in Ashburton, the largest independent supplier of quarry and concrete products in Devon and Cornwall. Mr Stride said:

    “Since launching this competition five years ago, sending out my Christmas cards has been a real joy and the standard of the entries this year may be the best yet. There have been so many thoughtful, creative and beautiful drawings. I’m delighted so many schools have continued to get involved.”

    Barry Wilson from Glendinning, who will choose the winner and two runners-up, added:

    “We are delighted to be sponsoring the competition again and the winner might well have their design sitting on the Prime Minister’s mantelpiece at No. 10 this Christmas!”

    Photo: Mel Stride MP looking through the entries to the competition to design his 2017 Christmas Card.