Havant MP Alan Mak has launched the area’s first competition for schoolchildren to design his official Christmas card.
The competition, which Mr Mak hopes to repeat each year, is open to all primary schools pupils in the constituency.
He launched the competition during an art class with children from Front Lawn Primary Academy in Leigh Park.
The local MP’s official Christmas card will be professionally printed by Hayling Print, based on Hayling Island.
The winning design will be sent to local community organisations and businesses across Mr Mak’s constituency as well as politicians in Westminster, including prime minister David Cameron.
Mr Mak has written to every local primary school to ask them to support the competition by collating children’s entries.
Children can either hand in their entry at their school or send it directly to Mr Mak’s constituency office at Langstone Technology Park.
Mr Mak said: ‘This is a real community project, giving local children the opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity.
‘I hope that lots of schools and children take up the challenge and get involved.’
James Munt, the headteacher at Front Lawn Primary Academy said: ‘This is a great community initiative from our local MP and I hope all local schools, parents and children will support it.
‘Alan is a big supporter of local schools and there’s a huge amount of artistic talent among children at Front Lawn and around the Havant area.’
The winner will see their design feature on the front of Mr Mak’s card, and will also receive a certificate as well as a family ticket for Hansel and Gretel at the Spring Theatre in Havant, donated by the theatre’s director Sophie Fullerlove.
Runners-up will see their designs feature on the back of the card and also receive a certificate.
Every pupil who enters will receive a certificate of thanks from Mr Mak.
The deadline for entries is Friday, November 6. Further details are available at AlanMak.org.uk.