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Barking MP Margaret Hodge holds 17th annual Christmas card competition after receiving 4,103 entries

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 December 2017

Margaret Hodge MP with the winners of her Christmas card competition. Deborah Mathew, Raesah Sharif, Monica Kwiatkowski, Jayquan Powell and Aimee Durkin

Margaret Hodge MP with the winners of her Christmas card competition. Deborah Mathew, Raesah Sharif, Monica Kwiatkowski, Jayquan Powell and Aimee Durkin

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Barking MP Margaret Hodge held her 17th annual Christmas card competition, choosing winners from 4,103 entries from Barking and Dagenham's schools.

Margaret Hodge MP with the winners of her Christmas card competition. Iman Musa with her cardMargaret Hodge MP with the winners of her Christmas card competition. Iman Musa with her card

The event, held at the town hall, saw over 20 prizes donated by sponsors handed out to the designers of successful entries.

17 primary schools were represented at the event. Ripple Primary School submitted the highest number of entries and were awarded a £300 prize.

The overall winner was Raeesah Sharif, a 9-year-old from Manor Infants/Longbridge School.

Council leader Darren Rodwell jointly hosting the event in the council chamber with the MP.

Margaret Hodge MP with the winners of her Christmas card competition. Aaliyah HaiderMargaret Hodge MP with the winners of her Christmas card competition. Aaliyah Haider

Dame Margaret said: “Over the course of running the competition I have seen how it really brings people in the borough together.”

Several Conservative MPs have been asking for tips on running a successful Christmas competition, she added.

School winners:

Dhaneen Hussain, 9, Becontree Primary School

Askhita Agarwal, 8, Gascoigne Primary School

Musab Rashid, 5, George Carey Primary School

Billiejo Dixon, 9, Grafton Primary School

Valentina Kurta, 8, James Cambell Primary School

Nayaab Faisel, 10, Manor Junior School

Clayton Cole, 10, Manor Infants/Longbridge School

Enoch Adejumo, 5, Monteagle Primary School

Sumaira Khaled, 7, Northbury Primary School

Zahra Bashar, 11, Ripple Primary School

Meja Dulinskaite, 6, Riverside Primary School

Emily Zuravliova, 9, Roding Primary School

Seona Nwodeki, 8, St. Joseph’s Primary School

Tochi Blessing Igbokwe, 9, St.Vincent’s Primary School

Finley Burke, 11, Southwood Primary School

Abdullah Hashim Shariff, 8, Trinity Primary School

Luka Ramonaite, 7, Valence Primary School

Age Group Winners

Age Group A - Reception Class Runner-up - Jainil Lad, 4, Monteagle Primary School

Age Group A - Reception Class Winner - Princess Njoroge, 4, Northbury Primary School

Age Group B - Year 1-2 Runner-up - Isabella Nair, 6, Becontree Primary School

Age Group B -Year 1-2 Winner - Aaliyah Haider, 7, Valence Primary School

Age Group C - Year 3-4 Runner-up, Rejus Sebelskis, 7, George Carey Primary School

Age Group C- Year 3-4 Winner, Nassim Ben Omar, 8, Ripple Primary School

Age Group D - Year 5-6 Runner-up, Iman Musa, 10, Manor Junior School

Age Group D -Year 5-6 Winner, Aimee Durkin, 10, Roding Primary School

Overall Runners Up & Overall Winner

Runner-up - Jayquan Powell, 6, George Carey Primary School

Runner-up - Monika Kwiatowski, 5, Valence Primary School

Runner-up - Deborah Mathew, 9, Roding Primary School

Overall Winner - Raeesah Sharif, 9, Manor Infants/Longbridge School

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