Breaking tradition with Jodie’s design

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MP Ian Lavery has broken with Parliamentary tradition by sending out a Christmas card designed exclusively for him by a schoolgirl from his Wansbeck constituency.

Members of Parliament generally choose the House of Commons official card to send their Christmas greetings.

However, this year Mr Lavery’s card has been designed for him by Jodie McKenna, a pupil at Cleaswell Hill School in Guide Post.

Jodie is one of more than 150 pupils with special educational needs who travel from all over Northumberland to the school.

After the MP put his Christmas card idea to school staff, more than 50 pupils submitted their own drawings and paintings with Jodie’s been chosen as the winner.

He went along to the school to congratulate entrants.

“There were some wonderfully imaginative card designs to chose from – I’m just glad I didn’t have to select the best and left that to staff,” he said.

“This year my Christmas card will be such a personal one and I will be delighted to tell the story behind it to my Parliamentary colleagues.”

School head Kevin Burdis said that his pupils had thoroughly enjoyed designing their cards.

“Some of the artwork was fantastic and we are so proud and thrilled at the standard of entries,” he said.

“Pupils of all ages just loved taking part. It is a wonderful honour for the school to be asked by our MP to design his Christmas card rather than using the official House of Commons version.”

“Ian is a great friend of the school and a regular visitor and we are always delighted to welcome him because he takes such a great interest in our young pupils.”