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Fake moustache helps Lichfield MP raise money for charity

Lichfield’s MP is celebrating after a fake moustache helped him to raise more than £1,200 for charity.

Michael Fabricant showed a stiff upper lip during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on November 27 in aid of the Movember cause.

And his efforts were worthwhile, with £1,204 going to Prostate Cancer UK.

Michael Fabricant MP with his false moustache in the House of Commons

Michael Fabricant MP with his false moustache in the House of Commons

“Since PMQs, I have been stunned by the generosity of my Lichfield and Burntwood constituents as well as my Twitter and Facebook followers,” he said. “One donation even came in from Canada and another from Australia.

“I believe £1,204 is a good result for wearing a false moustache for just 30 minutes. That hourly rate is even better than some bankers’ earnings!”

But donning the moustache wasn’t without its challenges.

“I have to say I felt very nervous and embarrassed entering the Chamber wearing a false moustache,” he said. “I didn’t want to bring the House into disrepute nor be rebuked by Speaker Bercow.

“When I walked in immediately before PMQs began, I hid my face with my Order Paper, though a colleague, who didn’t realise it is strictly forbidden, then took a photo of me in the Chamber. Hence my startled look!

“I only lowered the Order Paper once PMQs began.  And then I chose not to try and ask a question or give the Speaker any excuse to tell me off.

“I shall not, however, be taking up the suggestion from two MPs that I should raise the ante next year by wearing a mankini in Prime Minister’s Questions.  I am sure David Cameron – and many others – will be much relieved.”

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