THE Prime Minister has congratulated a local Ukrainian winner of an MP’s Christmas card competition

David Johnston, MP for Wantage and Didcot, runs a competition every year, open to all primary school pupils.

This year saw a large number of entries from schools across the constituency featuring a variety of festive designs including Santa delivering presents with his reindeer, a group of penguins having a snowball fight and even a Christmas teddy bear.

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However, it was a drawing of a snowman and his snowdog by Liza of Uffington Church of England Primary School that took the prize. Liza is a Ukrainian refugee who came to the UK six months ago with her mother.

Mr Johnston presented the winning design to the Prime Minister, and it featured on all of Johnston’s cards which were sent to people across the constituency and beyond.

He said: “I loved all the pictures I received, and it was a very difficult decision to choose a winner - if I could have, I would have put them all on my card.

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“However, Liza is a very worthy winner and her drawing really impressed me and my team.

“It was great to have the opportunity to show off the artistic talent we have locally to the Prime Minister and present him with his own card featuring Liza’s design.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford and Wantage.

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