AN MP has gone the extra mile when he took on a cycling challenge for charity.

Stockton South MP Dr Paul Williams won the annual Industry and Parliament Trust Poppy Ride – a 12-hour static bike ride by MPs in Parliament, raising money for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

A keen cyclist in his spare time, he cycled 4.46km in five minutes, winning the competition for the second year running and breaking the record he set last year.

Each MP cycled as far as they could on an exercise bike in five minutes while trying to beat their colleagues to top the leaderboard.

Serving members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy also took part, racing against the MPs.

The Stockton South MP said: “This year marks 100 years since the guns fell silent on the First World War. Those who fought shaped the world we live in today. In this centenary year, we will say ‘Thank You’ to that generation.

“I’m very proud to have won Parliament’s Poppy Ride again, and I hope that my win will generate further awareness and donations for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. I look forward to attending a local Remembrance Service this weekend.”

All money raised on the day will help to support serving men and women, veterans, and their families through The Royal British Legion.