UK Politics

Leaders' children add festive cheer to Christmas cards

David Cameron, his wife Samantha and daughter Florence pictured in the No 10 Christmas card

Their children play a big role in this year's selection of Christmas cards from the party leaders.

David and Samantha Cameron's card features a black and white portrait of them and youngest daughter Florence.

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine are pictured walking along the Brighton seafront with their two sons.

Nick Clegg and wife Miriam's choice of photo is most festive, thanks to their sons drawing on a Christmas tree, a Santa hat, reindeer ears.

Sitting on a sofa, the deputy prime minister is daubed with a white beard while his wife sports a shiny red nose, added by their three sons using a computer app.

Florence Cameron is the only one of the prime minister's three children to feature in his family's card.

She also appeared in his 2010 card, which featured an image of her outside No 10 just days after she was born.

In 2012, the family chose an image of the Olympic torch arriving outside No 10 while, a year earlier, a photo of a street party for the royal wedding was used to represent their year.

The Milibands' picture was taken in September, on the eve of the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

In contrast to his political rivals, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has promised a "suitably festive" theme.

He tweeted: "I suspect there will be a mixture of nativity and also some robins and winter scenes. But with religious themed stamps."

He has vowed not to appear personally in the card.

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett has said she is staying true to her party's values by using an artwork by an environmental arts group as a backdrop to her card.

The image she has chosen is of a wooden structure at Wolstonbury Hill, in the South Downs National Park.

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