Penny Mordaunt secures visit to Hilsea Lido from diving legend Tom Daley

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HER dive may not have secured her a place in the final of hit TV show Splash! but it has secured a victory for the city.

MP Penny Mordaunt competed last night in Splash!, a celebrity diving show on ITV, and unfortunately was voted off the show, losing out to model Danielle Lloyd.

Penny Mordaunt and Tom Daley

Penny Mordaunt and Tom Daley

Although mightily disappointed and nursing some impressive bruises, the brave politician managed to secure a visit to Hilsea Lido from diving hero Tom Daley.

Penny said: ‘There’s good news and bad news, the and news is that I did not dive very well and am not progressing to the finals.

‘But the good news is we have raised enough money for Hilsea Lido to stay open this summer and even better than that the wonderful legend Tom Daley has agreed to come to the lido to help us with the project.

‘Everyone now needs to get behind this project, we need to volunteer, we need to support their events, we need to continue to donate and help them to restore the lido as it is looking absolutely amazing.’

The News was in Luton to support Penny as she attempted her risky backwards dives.

In The News tomorrow - full report by Kimberley Barber, who was at Penny Mordaunt’s Splash! attempt.