Weighty issues for York slimming political pair

York Press: James Alexander and Dafydd Williams before their challenge James Alexander and Dafydd Williams before their challenge

TWO of York’s political big guns are into the home stretch in their charity weight-loss challenge.

City of York Council leader James Alexander and the authority’s cabinet member for finance and performance, Coun Dafydd Williams, are hoping to raise £2,500 for York Hospital’s special care baby unit in a friendly competition to see which of them can shed the most pounds over a six-month period ending on July 1.

The challenge began on New Year’s Day and, three-and-a-half months on, Coun Alexander has lost just under a quarter of his body weight and Coun Williams has lost about an eighth.

The pair have raised £728 towards their target, with details at politicalheavyweights.co.uk.

Coun Williams said: “When politicians talk about tightening their belts, people often say that process should start with the politicians themselves, although I don’t imagine people would think this would be taken so literally.

“We are raising money for a great cause which is important to each of our families.”

Coun Alexander said he is having to buy new clothes as his suits no longer fit, saying: “I am taking the challenge seriously - we don’t want to let anybody down.”

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