Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson selects the winner of his

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Hundreds of young festive artists took part in Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson's Christmas card competition.

The MP invited all of the constituency's primary schools to get their pupils to take part in the competition.

Each school selected their winner which went through to the final and a panel of judges then selected the ultimate winner, which was Joseph McIntyre from St George's.

Bill said he was originally inspired to launch the competition after seeing some of the artwork at local schools during his visits.

Bill said: "I came up with the idea of creating a competition for one of our school pupils to design my Christmas cards after visiting our local schools and being astounded by the quality of the artwork.

"I have seen some outstanding artwork and last year I launched the competition because I wanted to show the talent of Sefton Central's young people off.

"The quality of the entries again this year has been excellent.

"Joseph's winning design is brilliant and highlights how talented some of even our youngest pupils are."

Joseph will now win a special prize and every youngster who entered the competition receives a certificate.

Joseph McIntyre's 2010 Christmas card designBill said: "There were hundreds of entries in this competition from pupils from throughout Sefton Central. I want to thank each and every one of them and the schools and teachers who took part.

"It was a really difficult task for the judges to choose just one winner. Because all of the entries were so good, each and every child who entered the competition will receive a certificate.

"Joseph's design now decorates my Christmas card which will be going to thousands of people throughout the constituency, as well as going off to my fellow MPs, including Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.

"I am very proud to show off the talents of our young artists right here in Sefton Central."