Tory and Labour MPs are made to look like a bunch of tossers

Written by Liz Bates on 13 February 2018 in Diary

The annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race is now in its 21st year.

MPs took a battering as Westminster’s journalists triumphed at this year's annual pancake race for the first time since 2015.

The contest, in support of disability charity Rehab, saw parliamentarians taking on the media in a tense battle of tossers.

A strong start from Tory backbencher Matt Warman saw the MPs take an early lead. But an astonishing burst of speed and strong wrist action from Sky News man Lewis Goodall turned the tables for the hacks.

The race had its share of drama with ITV’s Angus Walker hitting the deck, while Tory assistant whip Mims Davies lost her pancake en route.     

Despite a late surge from hereditary peer Lord St John of Blesto, the media team hung on with the Sun’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn leaping heroically across the line to secure the victory.

The journalists completed 11 laps of the circuit in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, in a time of five minutes and 25 seconds to deny the parliamentarians their third victory in a row.

Soon afterwards the excuses rolled in with Rupa Huq insisting that her team was "depleted due to recess".

Writing on Twitter, the Labour MP added: "Not the most clever idea for me to run it in heels either. Doh!"





The parliament team:

Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Labour) (team captain)

Bambos Charalambous MP (Labour)

Mims Davies MP

Dr Rupa Huq MP (Labour) 

Paul Scully MP (Conservative)

Matt Warman MP (Conservative)

Lord St John of Bletso (crossbencher)


The media team:

Lucrezia Millarini, ITV News presenter (team captain)

Tom Newton-Dunn, political editor, The Sun

Jo Coburn, presenter, BBC Daily Politics

Christopher Hope, chief political correspondent, The Daily Telegraph

Laura Hughes, political correspondent, Financial Times

Liz Bates, political reporter, PoliticsHome

Lewis Goodall, political correspondent, Sky News

Angus Walker, political correspondent, Channel 4

Georgina Prodromou, London/Westminster correspondent, Bauer Media

Rachael Venables, reporter, LBC Radio

James Landale, diplomatic correspondent, BBC News






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