MP leads his team to major victory over House of Lords

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning and House of Commons tug-of-war winning team.
Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning and House of Commons tug-of-war winning team.

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning has led a House of Commons tug-of-war team to victory over their rivals, the House of Lords.

Mr Penning was captain of the team at the 29th annual Commons v Lords competition on Tuesday, June 2, held in Westminster College Gardens and raises money for Macmillan Cancer Research.

Speaking after the highly vocal encouragement he had been giving his team, Mr Penning said: “This is a fun way to raise a significant amount of money for Macmillan Cancer Research who do incredible and vital work in cancer care.

“It is, of course, a key event in the Parliamentary calendar and I am delighted that we have beaten the Lords again.”

The cheering crowds also got a chance to watch rival city firms, industry giants, armed forces and fire crews flex their pulling power. Teams took to the rope whilst BBC Radio 5 live’s Chief Political Correspondent John Pienaar compèred and the Tug of War Association adjudicated the matches.

Simon Phillips, director of fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War has become a firm favourite in the Westminster social calendar pulling politicians together to put their weight behind a great cause. It’s been fantastic – the competition tough, the laughter loud and the incredibly generous donations are going to go a long way in helping Macmillan make sure no one faces cancer alone.”

Pete Redfern, Taylor Wimpey chief executive, said: “Taylor Wimpey is very proud to sponsor Macmillan’s House of Lords v House of Commons Tug of War for the 29th consecutive year.

“Since our partnership began in 1987, we have helped Macmillan raise over £3 million for people affected by cancer and their families. As one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, we strive to make a difference and are pleased with the significant positive impact that Taylor Wimpey continues to have on Macmillan and the people it supports.”

In 2014 the event raised £141,000 and it is hoped to beat that this year.