Lord Dholakia does his bit for a good cause
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Lord Dholakia does his bit for a good cause

The leading peer of Asian origin was involved in a Parliamentary Pancake Race in support of brain injury charity, Rehab UK.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 20:05 IST
UK Bureau
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Lord Navnit Dholakia, the leading peer of Asian origin, is always in the thick of promoting the community's interest and social issues. No wonder he was actively involved in a Parliamentary Pancake Race in support of brain injury charity Rehab UK.

Teams from the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Fourth Estate (the media) lined up on College Green outside the Houses of Parliament to battle it out in this prestigious event, now in its ninth year.

The race saw the team of media representatives securing first place, but the runners up position was mired in controversy with teams from the Commons, the Lords and sponsors Aramark all claiming second.

The result was a first-ever victory for the media team and a surprise defeat for last year's winning Lords team.

The starter, ITN anchor man Mark Austin, was not called upon to intervene or disqualify any competitors, despite some liberal interpretation of the Rules of Engagement. It included a ban on throwing ingredients at other competitors and strict guidelines on what constitutes gentlemanly and gentlewomanly behaviour!

The winning media team comprised Julian Joyce and John Angeli from the BBC and Kathy Newman and Angus Walker from ITN. The Commons side featured a mix of youth and experience, with veteran pancake racers Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley; Nigel Waterson, MP for Eastbourne and Dr Brian Iddon, MP for Bolton being joined by Jim Paice, MP for Cambridgeshire South East; Betty Williams, MP for Conwy and Jim Dobbin, MP for Heywood and Middleton.

For the Lords, Lord Morris lined up alongside colleagues including Lord Dholakia and Lord Dubs. Kevin Purvis from Rehab UK said, "This was a titanic tussle, and at the end of the day, the media were worthy champions. But our thanks go to all of the competitors who have helped us raise awareness of the needs of the 1,20,000 people who require treatment and support for brain injury every single year."

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 20:05 IST