I was involved in a political heave ho of different nature when I took part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s 25th annual Parliamentary Tug of War this evening. I joined forces with other cross-party MPs in a match which pitted the House of Commons against the House of Lords at the charity event, raising over £100,000 for Macmillan to support people affected by cancer.
After a fine display of Parliamentarian brawn, adjudicated by a Tug of War Association, the Male MPs yet again proved a force to be reckoned with and were announced the victors for the third year running.
Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War gets together politicians of all persuasions to pull together and put their weight behind a great cause. The money raised will mean there’ll be a Macmillan team in the corner of some of the two million people living with cancer, supporting them every step of the way. After achieving a runners up medal in the Women’s event, I was seconded as a ‘Super Sub’ with the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) Team as they were a man down, and I won my second runners up medal of the evening. I was clearly brought into the MFRS team to add some muscle!
The unique event, which took place in London’s Westminster Abbey’s College Gardens, has been sponsored by Taylor Wimpey since its inception and has raised over £3.5m since 1987.
Now a highlight in the Westminster social calendar, Macmillan’s Tug of War has attracted a host of colourful characters over the years who have added to the fun, including Sir Jeffery Archer as auctioneer; the famed sports commentator David Coleman compeered the pulls and an unforgettable Baroness Trumpington, as cheerleader extraordinaire, proudly sporting a ‘Buy British Beef’ hat. This year sees BBC News’ Deputy Political Editor, James Landale, commentating on the evenings events.
The Parliamentary match is the highlight of an exciting line-up featuring tugs between rival city firms, the military vs emergency services, Taylor Wimpey vs BAE and this year even a media pull between Westminster journalists and bloggers.