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Local newspaper helps find design for PM’s Christmas card

Prime Minister Theresa May has published her first official Christmas card since taking office – with the help of her local newspaper.

For the past decade, the Maidenhead Advertiser has run an annual competition inviting youngsters to send in drawings for the Maidenhead and Tywford MP’s card.

Mrs May decided to carry on the tradition now she has moved into Number 10, and judging took place when she and her husband Philip visited the Advertiser’s offices last month.

This year’s competition attracted more than 600 entries with the three winning designs unveiled on the front of this week’s edition which hit the streets today.
Said Mrs May: “For many years I have looked forward to choosing my annual Christmas card designed by children from my constituency. That’s why I am proud this tradition will continue this year in Downing Street.

“I would like to thank all the children from Maidenhead who contributed this year. I received so many wonderful designs, each telling their own unique story of Christmas, which made it difficult to choose the final three.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming these talented young pupils to Downing Street today to switch on our Christmas lights.”

Mrs May is believed to be the first PM to run such a competition like this. Predecessors David Cameron and Tony Blair usually opted for photos of themselves at No 10 with their wives.