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Here’s why some MPs were wearing pink at PMQs

Politicians took part in a campaign for breast cancer awareness.

In a rare cross-party consensus, the colour pink seemed to be all the rage at the first Prime Minister’s Questions since the summer recess.

Amid a sea of dark colours on the Commons floor, flecks of fuchsia, coral and baby pink stood out in ties, dresses, scarves and jackets.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn was sporting on his left lapel a round pink badge with a white heart in the centre, as was cabinet member Dawn Butler, sitting next to him.

But MPs flaunting the colour wasn’t an attempt to get in on the S/S 17 bright pink trend – it was a symbol of breast cancer awareness.

In anticipation of Wear It Pink day on October 20, MPs including Tory MP Anna Soubry, Education Secretary Justine Greening and DUP MP Ian Paisley donned the colour as part of the Breast Cancer Now campaign.

The organisation has been hosting the fundraising day for 15 years, and has raised some £30 million.

On its website, the charity says: “We’ll wear pink for our scientists’ incredible discoveries, future advances in medicine, for our lovely mums in treatment, for our fabulous aunties in remission and our wonderful sisters who we miss each day.

“We will wear pink… to teach our children and students about how they can make a difference.”

Several MPs joined in a photocall ahead at Portcullis House, ahead of PMQs.

They got well into the Wear It Pink spirit with pink hi-vis jackets and hard hats, fluorescent pink feather boas, and rosettes.

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