Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, recently coughed up and donated £50 to Help for Heroes, after losing a bet with Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer, which was made on the floor of the House of Commons over the timing of ‘Meaningful Vote Three’.
The Charity, is one that is close to Mark’s heart, having worked closely together with founder Bryn Parry, when Mark was Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, during David Cameron’s premiership. The bet in question, was made by Mark when he proposed to Keir Starmer that ‘Meaningful Vote Three’ would be held on the 26th March. While Mark unfortunately lost the bet, with the vote being held on 29th March, it is undoubtedly Help for Heroes’ gain, where the money will provide funds to allow for support for the Armed Forces Community and their families.
Speaking about the bet, Mark Francois MP said:
“While I was naturally disappointed not to see my prediction on ‘Meaningful Vote Three’ come to fruition, I am always more than happy to donate to such a worthy cause. Having recently met with Help for Heroes in Parliament, I have seen what amazing work they continue to do with our Armed Forces Community, to contribute, in a small way, to this amazing charity is always a humbling experience. In a generous gesture, Sir Keir agreed to match the bet anyway, so Help for Heroes should now be £100 up!”