SANTA'S sleigh flying high, winter views of Parliament and a quick world trip all feature on this year's Christmas cards from East Lancashire's MPs.

Hyndburn's Sara Britcliffe and Burnley's Antony Higginbotham have both sent out two different designs created by the winners of their annual competition for children in their constituencies.

Pendle's Andrew Stephenson also sent out a design by a local competition-winning youngster: six-year-old Elliott Laurie from Barnoldswick.

Blackburn's Kate Hollern, Rossendale and Darwen's Jake Berry both opted for winter views of Westminster.

Chorley MP and House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle also chose an image of the Houses of Parliament.

His deputy and Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans chose to go round the world from New York and London to Clitheroe in one festive greetings card while raising money for and awareness of the Evelina London Children’s Charity which helps care for sick children.

Mrs Hollern said: "Due to the pressures of caseload we haven’t undertaken a schools competition this year. We felt that a simple design which illustrates Parliament in winter was most appropriate."

Ms Britcliffe said: "I ran a competition for my Christmas cards and am sending out the designs from the two winners Eva May Williams and Lexi Moloney."

Mr Evans said: "My aim was to try and cheer people up and bring a little bit of joy at what is difficult time for all with the ongoing Covid pandemic affecting everyone."

Mr Berry said: "My Christmas cards might have an image of Big Ben on them but I’m very proud that they are printed locally by Rossendale printers ‘Kershaw Print’ based in Crawshawbooth."

Mr Higginbotham said:“I had such an amazing response when I asked for Christmas card designs last year that it just made sense to run this competition again.

"Shannon Harper, a year 11 pupil at Coal Clough Academy and Jacob Scott, a year 4 pupil at Casterton Primary Academy have both won the competition which will see my Christmas card split between the two designs."

Mr Stephenson, who has presented his care to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said: "I hope people will like Elliott’s colourful design, which caught my eye when judging them. The Prime Minister was very impressed!"

Sir Hoyle said: "The painting comes from the Parliamentary Art collection. This painting is perhaps a more contemplative piece rather than a traditional Christmas scene but appealed to me nonetheless.”