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For most of us, picking our Christmas is a simple process that you probably spend only a few minutes thinking about. For politicians, tradition dictates that they must create their own Christmas card to send to the many important constituents, colleagues and journalists they interact with throughout the year. The decision is made even harder by the intense scrutiny each card goes through by the press and the public. Here’s a look at some of the political leaders festive choices this year.
David and Samantha Cameron’s card is a flashback to May when they returned to number 10 after winning the General Election. Although not very festive, it’s a happy reminder of what a good year his 2015 was. Both David and Sam appear naturally happy unlike some of the more heavily posed images of the Camerons that have appeared on their cards in previous years.
Jeremy Corbyn seems to have put little effort into his choice of card, opting for a stock image of a bike covered in snow in front of a red telephone box. The design is hugely different from his predecessor Ed Milliband’s card last year, which featured himself, his wife and his two children designing their own Christmas cards with glitter and crayons. Of course many are predicting that this will be the only card that Corbyn will send as Labour leader after a difficult first few months as leader in 2015. Bookmakers are already making Corbyn favourite to be the next leader of a political party to lose their job, with odds of 5/2 as seen here at Betway. The site will be offering odds on a number of political specials throughout next year, including the result of the EU Referendum and even Boris Johnson’s first gaffe of 2016.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron went with one of the safest options that a lot of other MPs use every year – getting a child to design your card for you. This year 5 year old Elsie Woof was the lucky winner of a competition to design Farron’s Christmas card, with a simplistic three penguins standing on snow design.
One of this year’s most impressive political Christmas cards comes from Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP leader regularly uses Scottish artists to design her Christmas card. This year it was the turn of the illustrator of the Katie Morag children’s books, Mairi Hedderwick to create her card for 2015. Her design is a festive scene featuring children sitting on the steps of a parliamentary building sharing colourful presents, including one decorated with the Scottish Flag.
A special mention has to be made for the Chancellor George Osborne who showed he can take a joke with his creation. He enlisted Telegraph cartoonist Matt Pritchett to design his card, which features Osborne as a snowman holding his big iconic red budget case in front of number 11 Downing Street. The snowman is even wearing a high visibility jacket and helmet which Osborne is often mocked for on his numerous visits to different factories and businesses.