Wednesday 7 December 2016

Charity sale of MP's Commons sketches of Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson

Published 17/09/2015 | 11:40

A sketch of Jeremy Corbyn during his first Prime Minister's Questions, by Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie (Charlotte Leslie/PA Wire)
A sketch of Jeremy Corbyn during his first Prime Minister's Questions, by Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie (Charlotte Leslie/PA Wire)
Ms Leslie also sketched new Labour deputy leader Tom Watson (Charlotte Leslie/PA Wire)

Sketches of Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson during Prime Minister's Questions will go on sale at an art fair this weekend.

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Charlotte Leslie, Conservative MP for Bristol North West, sketched the new Labour leader and his deputy at the House of Commons yesterday.

She tweeted the image of Mr Corbyn as he went head-to-head with Prime Minister David Cameron, writing: "Can't take photos during #PMQs but here's a view from the benches (er, steps) all the same, on #Corbyn 1st PMQs".

The sketch of Tom Watson shortly followed, with the MP joking that sketching was a way to "keep out of mischief".

Both sketches will now be displayed and auctioned off for two local charities at the Affordable Art Fair at Brunel's Old Station in Bristol.

The fair houses artwork priced between £50 and £5,000 but organisers admit they may have to make an exception if the sketches exceed this amount.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Affordable Art Fair's chosen charity, the RWA (art gallery), and Ms Leslie's chosen charity, The Southmead Project.

"It's a very odd feeling, as someone who has never sold any piece of art or craft in their life, to think that anyone might want to buy something that you yourself have done," Ms Leslie said.

"But if they did, I would be completely humbled and delighted that I was able to raise money for such good causes.

"I have to add, as a gratuitous plug, that the Southmead Project, which extends nationally, is the most extraordinary charity, helping put back together the lives of people who have suffered abuse, especially as children. Call it 'for when children in need grow up'.

"So even if the sketches aren't that impressive, please, bid high for charity."

Art fans can view and bid for the sketches at the Affordable Art Fair Bristol or can tweet their bids to @CLeslieMP.

Luci Noel, director of the Affordable Art Fair Bristol, added: " Bristol is burgeoning with creative talent and it seems our politicians are no exception.

"The Affordable Art Fair is known for housing an eclectic range of artwork, from emerging artists to household names, but this will be the first time we've had artwork created by an MP in the House of Commons on sale.

"We're delighted that thanks to Charlotte we're able to host these unique pieces and hope to raise a significant amount for these two great local charities."

The auction will end when the fair closes on Sunday.

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