VICTORIA PRENTIS MP SELECTS CHRISTMAS CARD WINNING DESIGN

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North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis has chosen the winner of her Christmas Card competition after receiving hundreds of designs from primary school children across her constituency.

Earlier this year, Victoria wrote to the head teachers of all the primary schools in North Oxfordshire to ask them to take part in her annual Christmas card competition. Pupils were encouraged to use this year’s theme – the nativity star – as their inspiration.

Victoria received hundreds of creative designs from young people of all ages from schools including Queensway, Dashwood and Christopher Rawlins.  After much deliberation, she chose Lucy England’s design, age 6, from Fritwell Primary School. Her design included a Christmas tree, nativity star and a drawing of the Houses of Parliament. It will be used as the main picture on Victoria’s 2016 Christmas card, which have been printed by Banbury Litho. As part of her prize, Lucy has been invited to visit the House of Commons with her family for a tour and tea with Victoria.

Ethan Osborne, Jaya Trivedi (pupils at Bure Park Primary School in Bicester) and Layla Newman (also of Fritwell Primary School) were selected as runners up. They received House of Commons prizes and will have their designs printed on the back of Victoria’s Christmas Card.

On Thursday 10 November, Victoria popped along to Fritwell School to meet Lucy and congratulate her on winning the competition.

Victoria said, “I was really pleased to receive so many entries to my annual Christmas Card competition. The children’s designs were all brilliant; there were so many to choose from. I ended up selecting Lucy’s design as the winner because I really liked how she had managed to make the Houses of Parliament look Christmassy, with all the stars and the Christmas tree. It was lovely to meet her to congratulate her in person and I am looking forward to welcoming her and her family to the Houses of Parliament in the New Year.”

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This year’s winning Christmas card design, by Lucy England (age 6).