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MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Sir Robert Smith, took part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Parliamentary Tug of War last week.

Sir Robert joined a cross-party team of MPs in a match which pitted the House of Commons against the House of Lords.

The event raised £141,000 which will “help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”

This was Sir Robert’s 15th tug of war in support of Macmillan and his team of Commons MPs won against their counterparts in the House of Lords in two straight pulls.

Fresh from victory over ‘the other place’ which is what members of parliament in the house of commons call the House of Lords where their colleagues sit, Sir Robert said: “Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War gathers politicians of all persuasions to pull together and put their weight behind a very good cause.

“It is good to be able to put our political differences to one side for this fund raising event.

“The money the teams have raised will help Macmillan support some of the two million people living with cancer in the UK.”

The annual Macmillan Tug of War takes place in London’s Westminster Abbey’s College Gardens and, since its inception in 1987, it has raised over £3.5m.

The event last week was opened by the Rev Dr Vernon White, canon theologian of Westminster Abbey, followed by warm welcomes from the Lord Speaker, the Speaker and Macmillan’s CEO, Ciarán Devane.

The much anticipated Ladies match between Macmillan and Houses of Parliament is known for its brutal competition, with both teams training hard in the lead up to the event.

Victory went to the Macmillan team.

 

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