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£13,500 worth of tennis hospitality served up to MPs

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Wimbledon tickets and hospitality worth more than £13,500 were given to MPs for this summer's tournament, official figures released yesterday show.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman, shadow sports minister Clive Efford, Labour's Chris Bryant and Conservative Mark Field were among the beneficiaries at SW19, according to the latest updates on a register of interests for MPs.

Donors offering MPs a chance to watch some of the biggest stars in tennis from seats in the prestigious royal box included the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the All England Club, while a tobacco company also provided men's final tickets between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Keen tennis fan Mr Bercow was given seats in the royal box on Centre Court on two occasions.

They were valued at £6,210 and provided by the LTA.

The first donation Mr Bercow received was worth £1,895 and the second £4,315, according to the register.

Mr Bercow, who has also written a book discussing the 20 greatest male tennis players of all time, also declared royal box seats to the Aegon Championships, which is staged at the Queen's Club ahead of Wimbledon.

The tickets for finals day on June 15 were estimated to be worth £1,300, the register shows.

In 2013, Mr Bercow declared two Centre Court tickets at Wimbledon from the LTA worth an estimated £148 and a royal box seat at Queen's Club estimated at £1,070.

A tobacco company provided Tory Mr Field with two tickets to watch Djokovic triumph over Federer in the men's final, plus hospitality.

The donation from Imperial Tobacco to the MP for Cities of London and Westminster was valued at about £1,600.

Ms Harman received two tickets for the royal box and lunch valued at £3,590 from the All England Club.

She took fellow Labour MP Mr Bryant as her guest.

In his entry to the register, Mr Bryant added afternoon tea was included.

Shadow minister Mr Efford valued his two royal box tickets and lunch from the All England Club at £2,400.

Hospitality and gifts to ministers for the three-month period including Wimbledon is set to be published at a later date.

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