Children design a festive card for MP

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Mrs Prentis with the winner, six-year-old Lucy England. NNL-161124-163549001

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Mrs Prentis with the winner, six-year-old Lucy England. NNL-161124-163549001

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Hundreds of children across north Oxfordshire had a go at designing their own Christmas card for a competition being run by MP Victoria Prentis.

Earlier this year, Mrs Prentis wrote to the head teachers of all the primary schools in her constituency to ask them to take part in her annual Christmas card competition.

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Lucy England's winning entry. NNL-161124-163640001

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Lucy England's winning entry. NNL-161124-163640001

Pupils were encouraged to use this year’s theme – the nativity star – as their inspiration.

Schools taking part included Queensway, Dashwood and Christopher Rawlins. After much deliberation, she chose six-year-old Lucy England’s design, 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 Mrs Prentis’ 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 Mrs Prentis.

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Jaya Trivedi's entry. NNL-161124-163615001

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Jaya Trivedi's entry. NNL-161124-163615001

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 Mrs Prentis’ Christmas card.

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

She 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.”

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Ethan Osborne's entry. NNL-161124-163602001

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Ethan Osborne's entry. NNL-161124-163602001

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Layla Newman's entry. NNL-161124-163627001

The winning and runner-up entries for MP Victoria Prentis' Christmas card competition. Layla Newman's entry. NNL-161124-163627001