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MP highlights Leicester's X Factor and Great British Bake Off success

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Image caption Heather Jacks, Frances Quinn and Sam Bailey all won TV talent contests

An MP has asked Parliament to recognise the "incredible talent of the people of Leicester" following a hat-trick of wins in TV talent contests.

Recent X Factor, Great British Bake Off and Great British Sewing Bee winners have all come from Leicester and the surrounding area.

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz has submitted an early day motion for debate in the House of Commons.

In it, he lists nine "national and international champions".

They include Molly Smitten-Downes, who represented the UK in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, and Britain's Got Talent runner-up Lucy Kay.

Mr Vaz said: "I thought it was the right time to remind people about this remarkable coincidence, or is it coincidence, that so many Leicester people have managed to do so well in so many different areas?

"We are a very modest city. We don't like to tell people about our successes, but if you just look at that motion you will see how incredibly impressive our achievements have been."

He said the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in the city also deserved a mention, although it is not listed in the early day motion.

The MP said Leicester, as well as being in the centre of England, is also now the "premier city in England for creative and unique talents".

Leicester City Football Club

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Mr Vaz said Leicester City FC should be recognised for its"triumph in becoming champions of the Championship" and gaining promotion to the Premier League.

Sam Bailey

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Singer Sam Bailey, a Leicester City fan, was born in London but lives in Leicestershire with her husband.

She was a prison officer at HMP Gartree in Market Harborough before winning The X Factor in December 2013.

Lucy Kay

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Classical singer Lucy Kay was born in Leicester, and moved to Nottingham as a child, but now lives in Glasgow after moving there to study music.

She was runner-up in this year's Britain's Got Talent, coming closely behind the winners, operatic boy band Collabro.

Frances Quinn

Clothing designer Frances Quinn, who lives in Market Harborough, won the fourth series of the Great British Bake Off in 2013.

Judge Mary Berry added: "She has attention to detail, she's got excellent flavours, her baking improved as each week went by. We're very proud of her."

Joseph Fallon

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Media producer and video editor Joseph Fallon is from Wigston.

Mr Vaz said he should be recognised for winning a Golden Trailer award, for editing the trailer for Hector and the Search for Happiness, an upcoming film starring Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike.

Charlie Clapham

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Actor Charlie Clapham lived in Humberstone with his parents before moving to Liverpool to play Freddie Roscoe in Hollyoaks.

His parents run a tattoo and piercing shop in Leicester city centre.

Mr Vaz said he should be recognised for his Best Newcomer award nomination at the British Soap Awards 2014, which he was so excited about that he claimed to have run around his flat naked.

Heather Jacks

Artist, violinist, dressage trainer and rider Heather Jacks, of Willoughby Waterleys, won the latest series of TV sewing contest the Great British Sewing Bee.

She started sewing as a child, selling her creations at school, and made her own wedding dress.

Molly Smitten-Downes

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Singer and pianist Molly-Smitten Downes was born in Anstey, grew up in Rothley and went to school in Loughborough.

Mr Vaz said she should be recognised for being chosen to represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, with her self-written song Children Of The Universe.

Rosie Little

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Foster mother Rosie Little, from Blaby, has cared for hundred of children over the past three decades.

Mr Vaz said she should be recognised after being named Mum of the Year by the Leicester Mercury.

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