Christmas Card Competition

12th December 2017

Christmas cards designed by pupils from Thorpe Hall primary school and Whitefield Schools in Walthamstow were selected as the winning entrants in a competition run by Chingford & Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith.  The competition has been running for several years and is open to all primary schools in the Chingford and Woodford Green Constituency.

Several hundred individual entries were received, all centred around this year’s theme of the nativity scene.  With the competition proving so popular, the judging panel had a difficult task to select the final two but eventually agreed upon the winners, which will feature on a double-sided Christmas card.  The winners were group P205 at Whitefield Schools and Sandra Thomas, a year 6 pupil at Thorpe Hall.  Both winners receive a certificate in recognition of their winning design and can take pride in the fact that their card will be sent around the world and to both the Prime Minister and President of the United States.

Iain Duncan Smith and Sheree Rackham, Conservative councillor for Hale End & Highams Park and one of the judging panel, attended a special assembly at Thorpe Hall to address the pupils and present Sandra Thomas with her certificate and copy of the finished card.

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP said:
“It was wonderful to see the level of interest in this year’s competition with so many entries having been received.  The range of innovative ideas around the nativity theme was inspiring and I was impressed at the meticulous effort that went into many of the designs.  There is undoubtedly a huge amount of ingenuity in our primary schools and I would like to congratulate all the teaching staff who encouraged their pupils to express their creativity – I wish I had been that good at art when I was their age.  A big thank you to all those who entered this year’s competition and well done to Sandra Thomas and class P205.”

1 Sandra Thomas winning card design 2 Whitefield Schools winning card design

Above: Sandra Thomas winning card design and Whitefield Schools winning card design

Photos: Iain Duncan Smith, Sandra Thomas, Sheree Rackham and Sandra’s mum and Iain Duncan Smith at Thorpe Hall

3 Iain Duncan Smith at Thorpe Hall


Freedom of Movement post Brexit by Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

March 2018


This paper sets out proposals to revise the immigration system and additionally in the annexe it makes the point that more information is required to fully understand the nature of where the costs fall and benefits exist. The information on much, if not all, of this is held by the government.
The central objective should be to ensure control over the movement of people. Using a combination of work permits and a cap we would look to control access to work and rights to settlement. Free movement for EU citizens for other purposes should be preserved.